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COMPUTER USER 



FEBRUARY 1 992 



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Tossing papers left and right, riding 
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Plus, rod stunt riding and BMX 
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BrunWord 



ROOT module £125 

The BrunWgrc ROM Module is a compact unH which 
pEugs directly onto the expansion socket of the 
CPC6128 or 6126 Plus, It overcomes the memory 
limitations ot the CPC cwnpvt-e-" by nco^Dorgtirig the 
entire BrunWord Elite ^stern into ooe very high 
capacity ROM (2S6K bytas-X The module measures 
three inches wide, half an inch thick and extends 
just (wo and a half inches behind *he computer. 

On the ROM we have BrunWord Elite, Headline, 
10 HeadHw fonts < including 'Cheimer 1 and 'Oadorf), 
8 fonts tor downloading to a 24 pin printer, 
BrunSpeJI, 30,000 word dictionary and Info-Script. 
Second disc drives owners can ha*e KDS ROMDOS 
added (not 61-28 pius) toe £15 extra, and remember 
that no ROM bo* is needed. 

Great Power 

Plug on the module, switch ON the computer, type 
!BW and the whole BrunWord Elfte system is In the 
computer ready in r immediate use. You can type unto 
the word processor, check the spelling print it out, 
use the database to print labels or search tor and 
transfer data 1o the word processor, print using 
headline tonts and 24 pir>ionts, all wrtnout a sino>e 
disc operation, except maybe to load data into 
Info'Scriptn Any BrunWord Elite facility can be used 
without upsetting other da*a. You can even view 
screen dumps stored on disc, or format a 3 inch or 
3.5 inch disc, without disturbing the text in BrunWord 
or the data ; n nfo- Script, 

Printing Pictures 

The 6runWord ROM module has a host of new 
features including five high quality, high speed 
screen- dump routines for 9 pin and 24 pin printers, 
These are special routines using the BrunWord EiSte 
# hit orhter status port and they print incredibly 
fast compared to desk top publishers. Thus entire 
page including the drawing, the large 'BrunWord 1 , 
the address, credit card symbols and Teddy, was 
printed using the BrunWord flQM module and a wide 
carriage 24 pin printer in one printing operation. 

Relative Reverse 

For printers with reverse (Amstrad DMP216Q, Star 
LC1G etc), there are now three reference points, The 
top ot the page, Ihe current print head position and 
any point previously defined within the 1e*t. The 
print head can be moved to a relative position above 
or betow any ot these references. This refinement 
coupled, with tne new a&Jlify to contror the box 
reverse, make complex layouts much easier to 
design and give faster, more eflicient printouts. 

Small and Light 

The BrunWord ROM Module nas been made as small 
and hght as possible, When mounted directly onto 
the computer it is very very relrabit. You are Mkely 
to damage Ihe keyboard if you jolt It hard enough 1o 
give problems, i Other ROM systems gse an yr>wieidy 
ROM box which can 'crash' with even the slightest 
knock). 



Very Serious 

The BrunWord ROM Module is perfect tor the bssic 
machine, you need no o finer add ons- However, 
anyone who has Iwo disc drives knows the 
frustration of inserting a d^sc, asking to load a fife 
and being told that the other drive has no disc in it r 
You Ermply forgot to Inform the computer to change 
over drives. You know there's no disc in the otner 
drive, the computer now ^nows, so what's the 
problem? Tfte software doesn't test both drsveslH 
That's now a. thing of Ihe pasl. The BrunWord ROM 
Module mil load from whichever drive has the disc in 
it. It's slmpie and it's brilliant, and it your second 
drive is a 3,5 5ncb, you can use the fast file system 
which loads a 64K file into Info -Script in 7 seconds 
or {with extra memory) a 256K file in 16 seconds. 



Quote 



m tt r s to fatty brilliant. carries on the extreme 
user friendliness of Hrunning products to a very 
high standards.* I have one- of these Utile gems 
plugged into the- back of my CPC right now. As 
you can imagine, anything that passes through 
the ACU office can expect to come in for a hard 
time and, I can safely say that to date, the 
BrunWord ROM has performed in an exemplary 
fashion on aii fronts. * 

Chris Knight (ACU Editor) - ACU August 1991, 



BrunWord 61 28 f 3D 

Comprtlt word proetising picfcifle- (disc) with ward 
jfrttiitor, i palling tbttktt and card filing pragiamma. 
BrunWord 612B out pafforma all ether word practssors fo* 
tfti- CPCG12G. It's high spaed icraan routine, glvii li a vary 
fast rtKp^nsfi and th* edrtor faatuf §a ara logic ill f arranftd to 
l>a a aay to Itarn, Tha sptlling chi-cfetr, w»th its dietary, 
laad into mtmory at (he Kama 1lm# as tha ward prMassor, 
making access vary convenient and exceptionally /bs1. It is 
supplied with fli 40 paga manual and a 1u I or 113a. 

info-Script £50 

Complete data processing package (dis-c), incfydirwj all Ifie 
features, at BrunWord and BrunSpelL The word 
processes and database Can be resident logelner (jiving Ihe 
■speed convenience of access with nG d^sc tfel&ys. 

9 Pin Bite £55 

The Elke sysle^ for 3 pin printers disc) consists ot 
BrunWgrrf Elite, SrunSfwl!, Headline.. $ bit printer st#|ys, p^rt 
and 7 'type setting* fonts (fonts are 2* pin in si ie- tout for 
9 pin ^infers), total price inclusive, 

9 Pin Bite+lnf o £92 

Tn# Elite system Con disc) as abova bvi deluding Info -Script 
and a &a-c«up -disc. T otal price £ 92 inclusive. 

24 Pie Elite+lnf o £90 

BrunWord Eli** (on disc], Bru^Spe^ kito-Scf ipt, backup disc, 
ft bit stilus port and ? '?ype setling 1 'sfits dGwrtlaidincj 16 
a ?4 pin printer. Total prke £90 inclusive^ 



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Elite Font Editor with 'ChePmer' & l CI&cttin\ 
SuppNed on 3in Disc tor CPC6128 or 6128 Plus, 
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EWS 



BOMB ALLEY 29 



Tune in and find out what's new in CPC 
Land for the New Year, 



ETTERS 



10 



■ggy dips deep into his bristiing mail bag to 
art out your blues. 



Space invaders' 
returns with a 
vengeance! 
Turn to your 
fave CPC games 
guide to find 
out how. 



14 APPLICATIONS 42 



David Ha I Ms back on the scene with yet 
more superb progettes for your perusal. 



The Doc sorts out the mail to help 
get to grips with your problem*. 



you to 



THE TECH IE BIT 18 HAIRY HACKER 46 



Doctor Watson heaps on the hex hints 
and ushers in some more MC madness. 



More multiface pokes to peruse and the 
latest instalment in the Famous Five saga. 



ADVENTURE 


22 


DM meets out some praise to certain 
parties alongside the usual hints and tips. 


PD SCENE 


24 



inde Bob has some gripes to deal with, 
hilst dishing out the latest PD DTP 



EASYDRAW 


50 


The fuli program gets a final 


reprint before 


the additions sec your progj 


;ic alight 


LISTING 


55 



What's the mega type-in this month? Turn 
over and feast your eyes to find out. 



SUBSCRIPTIONS 27 C0MMS 



62 



Here's your chance to get regular and 
pick up some great goodEes to boot, 



How can you run a bulletin board on your 
CPC? Easy, just get the right software and 
you're away. Read on. 




0MPETITI0N 12 MORE JOY 



48 



iet your hands on a fabulous Panasonic 
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21 



AH the latest on the new 3.5" drive from SD 
Microsystems, 

LABELMAKER 41 

Goldmark Systems 1 superb disc labeller gets 
the ACU lowdown. 

UNDERCOVER 44 



More additions to the fanzine world, as 
wefl as a few surprising changes, 



1 IVI Vr 

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The Bug versus The Pedals. Read on to see 
how two new epic joysticks met the ACU 
challenge. 



LENDING TIME 58 

Want to set up your own PD library? ACU 
gives you the gen on alt you need to know. 

PRINT CRAZY 60 

Smart printing at a very smart price. Join in 
as ACU takes the new Panasonic 9-pjn for 
a spin. 




EARLY 
LEARNING 

Sheffield based educationalists at Tri- 
ple R have come up with an excellent 
idea to help youngsters get to grips 
with keyboard skills, in the form of 
unique keyboard overlays, 

Simple to fit, these lightweight over- 
lays are designed to convert keyboards 
to lower case and avoid further confu- 
sion by giving the option of QWERTY 

SCULL NEWS 

Two nuggets of information from Scull 
Land this month, one excellent and the 
other, perhaps, not quite so excellent, 
but read on and decide for yourself. 

Due to ever-increasing photocopying 
costs, CPC Domain fanzine is, from 
now on, to be produced on disc only. 
The new Disc-zine will contain 
everything in the printed CPC Domain 
only more of it, so we are told. 

In addition, each issue will come 
with the latest PD software free as a 
sort of cover disk. The first disc issue 
should be out already, featuring 

CLICKETY 
CLICK 

It looks like magazines aren't good 
e n ought for some people anymore ! What 
else then, videos? 

Yep! That's exactly right, following 
the news of an exciting new computer 
game release from Catalyst called Click 

Priced at £4, 99 T Click is the first video 
magazine to be sold in the same way as 
print magazines and features up to the 



MICRONET 



DOWN 



Following the sad demise of Micronet, 
avid users should be gratified to hear 
that London based On-Line is offering 
ex-Mieronel users free membership 
and £5 of free On-line time to what 
they claim is the UICs leading service 
for multi-player games* 

Runningiiir-Pfem^rand Federation 
II as two of its most popular offerings t 
all ex-Micro netters need to do is send 
in a copy of any Micronet bill in 1991 to 
be registered for more games fun. 

Anybody who wants to take up the 
On-Line offer should contact Clem on 
081 558 6114 now! You know it makes 
sense. 



or alphabetic layout. There is even one 
showing coins to help children get to 
grips with money. 

These excellent overlays come free 
of charge with every purchase of the 
new, innovative range of educational 
programs available from Triple R. 

Look out in future issues of ACU for 
a full run down on these excellent 
products and make sure you grab a 
copy when they hit the streets in 
the very near future, Your kids will 
love them. 



Locom otive Basic Compiler the cover 
PD, as a cost of £1.25 plus disc and 
SAK Why not give it a whirl 

The other piece of news comes as a 
result of Alan Scully's devotion to 
Domain and means that, from now on, 
Scull Software the library is only open 
to subscribers of CPC Domain. A bit of 
a shame, that, especially as the price 
for a disc full of PD has just dropped to 
just 75p> 

If you want to know more about CPC 

Domain, or about the library, then send 

an SAE to Alan Scully, 119 Laurel D rive* 

East Kilbride, Glasgow G75 9JG, 
■ 

minute games reviews that you can see 
and hear as you "read". 

The bad news for us Arnold fans, 
however, is that they don't seem to be 
covering CPC games at the moment. 
However, we at ACL will certainly be 
talking to them on that point and, if you 
get a copy, why not talk to the publishers 
and tell them what you think. 

Click is certainly novel, but is £4*99 a 
little too much to pay every month? 
Thafs up to you to decide - it looks 
good though- 





MEGA STAR 

Nude joy sticks have taken a stepfiirther 
with the release of Spectravideo's latest 
blaster, the Mega Star, 
Designed as a sort of big brother 



Page 6 




MIRROR, 
MIRROR... 

As the race for dominance in the rapidly 
expanding v.32 modem market hols 
up, Miracom claims that it is taken the 
lead after breaking the £fi(M) price 
barrier wilh its entry level product the 
Courier v.32. 

According to Give Hudson, Sales 
and Marketing director at Miracom, 
v.32 products account for some 50% of 
sales since the Courier price drop last 
yean with predicted il^uivs ut up uj 
im by April 1992. 

Commenting on the market, Clive 
said: 'The difference between Miracom 
and other modem manufacturers is thai 
we are not just paying lip service to 
v,32, but basing our whole strategy on 
il, with a product to address all of the 
market segments;' 

With the ability to save money and 
transfer files up to seven limes faster 
than quad equivalents, il has to be good 
news that the v + 32 standards are coming 
down to affordable prices. Mr Hudson 
certainly looks overjoyed! 

If you want to know more about the 
Miracom range of modems and bow a 
modem can help you out* try ringing 
Miracom on 0753 811180 for details. 



the successful Top Star, this Quickjoy 
stick is claimed to be the closest yel to 
joysticks seen m the arcades. 

Featuring seven heavy-duty 
microswitches, made by Quickjoy itself, 
the handling certainly feels like an 
arcade stick and t with the short, stubby 
stick and three chunky fire buttons, it 
looks the part as well. 

The transparent exterior means that 
you can see all of the switches in action 
as you blast and, if you don't mind 
paying just that little bit extra, you 
should find yourself in possession of a 
fairly indestructible stick for enhanced 
playing power. 

Keep your eyes peeled for when this 
one hits the shelves and see if the 
chunky playing style suits you. If it 
does, then buy it. At just £27.95 t you'll 
be getting an awful lot of stick for your 
money* 

Amstrati User February 1992 



I NEWS! 




BRAIN 
TEASERS 

Here we are , folks p with the winning list 
from our Brain Teaser Quiz (ACU 
October 1991). This one certainly 
sorted out the men from the boys from 



the girls from the ladies from the ... an d 
so on and so on. 

Anyway, without further ado, the 
answers to the three questions were as 
follows. The weight of the human brain 
varies with each candidate, obviously, 
but we accepted any answer around 
the ISSOgms area. Question two was 
also a poser where a couple of 
alternatives applied, in particular the 
Cerebellum and the Pituitary Gland. 
As a result, any combination of the 
above was also acceptable. 

Well, what do you expect^ we told 
you it was a brain Teaser didn't we? 
The third, and quite straightforward, 



HIGH SPEED 
PRINTING 

If you like your print outs done 
yesterday, then why not take the new 
Seikoshs SP2400 out for a test spin, 
Specifically designed lor home and 
office use, where speed is of the 
essence, this superb new 9-pin printer 
offers a lop print speed of 300cps in 
super draft* 

Other speed features include 24 
cps in draft (12cpi) and 50 cps in Near 
Letter Quality (lOcpi) T not too bad for a 
printer that retails at under ££0H 

The SP240O incorporates Epson 
and IBM Fro printer II emulations 
ensuring compatibility with most 
software packages and offers bo 
parallel and RS232C serial interfaces 
as standard. 



With a print buffer of 21kB. five 
resident fonts and comprehensive 
paper hand liny: features* all accessible 
through the easy, one-touch button 
panel, the SP2400 is certainly a lot of 
printer for your money. 

Costing £199, exclusive of VAT, 
any bod v wanting to know more about 
this Httlebeast should ring 0753 685873 
now. 



poser after that little lot, should have 
given you the answer of 729. 

OK? Now you know all that, here 
goes with the winners' list, each of 
whom should soon be receiving a Rubik 
Puzzle and a copy of Swap to tease the 
old grey cells a little further. 

C. Jenkins, Newtown, Powys: A- 
Baggott Wellingborough, Northants: 
David Wiggins, Stratford, London: W. 
F. Lane, Newark, Notts and P.T. Ardon, 
Carlisle, Western Australia. 

There you go folks, we hope you 
enjoyed taking part and wish you all 
luck in this month's fab competition on 
page 12. Get going. 




NEW CHAIN 

Get set for a new age in computer 
games shops as Game Vision prepares 
for the opening of two brand new stores 
in London. 

The store s t in Ruislip and Mu swell 
Hill boast a specially designed area for 
customers to try out games of their 
choice, catering for up to eight players 
at a time, to help you make your ideal 
games choices. 

Games Vision stores will also be the 
only computer games stores in the 
country to offer customers the 
incredible Virtual Reality experience. 
There are only 1 8 units currently around 
in Britain, so if you want to don the 
headgear and try it out for yourself, you 
know where to go. 

For the ultimate in games playing 
offers, why not take a trip to the stores, 
if you live in the area. If you don't keep 
your fingers crossed that a new one 
opens near you soon. 



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Amstratl User February 1992 



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9 



■LETTERS 





HAPPY 
HUNTING 

Does anybody have the instructions 
for that old favourite Hunter Killer? I 
purchased my copy from a local de- 
partment store and, upon arrival at 
home, found a drastic lack of instruc- 
tions in the box + 

If this is the norm, can somebody 
please tell me what the key assign- 
ments are. So far, I have worked out 
I hat the square brackets control the 
periscope direction . V alters the peri- 
scope position and C swaps the control 
room position. 

Nowfor my second batch of lroubles, 
one of which concerns those pesky 
little things called sprites. 

I have to date two sprite packages. 
One being a professional package called 
Supersprites, and the other is Axiom 
Sprites, as provided by David Hall in 
the July issue of ACU. 

Page 10 



Now, don't get 
me wrong, I think 
that they are both 
very well written 
and are fine for 
your average , state 
of the art, wallpa- 
per programmer 
but, due to my ever 
increasing love of 
programming, I 
am in need of a 
slightly more ad- 
vanced packagen 
Because of my rath er ru sly 
knowledge of Z80 Machine 
Code, I am appealing to all 
those brave hearted 
Amstrad keyboarders out 
there to produce for me a sprite pack- 
age which does the following: 

Use of graphics coordinates for posi- 
tion ing. 

Ability to alternate between XOR and 
ordinary plotting. 

More than four frames allowed for 
animation. 

Creation tools such as local and glo- 
bal copy, fill etc, 

A saving module that saves only what 
is needed, unlike many other packages 
which end up saving over five blocks 
on tape, just to show three wimpy little 
sprites. 

The ability not to plot, eg; the lefto- 
ver wastage around your favourite bul- 
let sprite* 

Anybody who has used the standard 
Arc Paint package will know of this 
system of Masks, 

Okay, so it may seem like an impos- 
sible mission, but a reward will be 
posted for the slayer of my eternal 
problems (that's what you get for read- 






ing too many adventure mags). 
Note: Keep up the good work. 

Luke Drumm, c/o 7fe Ballina 
Medical Centre, Ballina, New South 
Wales 2478, Australia, 

Ziggy: Well, Luke's certainly set us 
a tall order there, by the looks of it 
Regarding his first problem, has 
anybody out there got a copy of the 
instructions for Hunter Killer? If 
so * Luke would be more than grate- 
ful to hear from you. 

Moving on to the beef of the 
question, Luke, you may find 
Glynn c Davies* Easydraw proggie 
well worth a look at for starters. 
Featuring most of your specified 
requirements as built in options, 1 
know it isn't a specific sprite crea- 
tion package, but it should be capa- 
ble of producing most of everything 
you should want 

Obviously, you have worked your 
way through the Sprites Alive Pack- 
ages and commercial sprite making 
proggies, otherwise you wouldn't 
be writing. We at ACU will certainly 
spend some time considering your 
poser but, in the meantime, do any 
of you readers know of something 
that would fit Luke's bill? If so, let 
us know and you will most certainly 
reap the reward offered by Luke. 



NONSENSE 

I am an avid ACU fan but t in recent 
months, 1 could not find any new issues 
and the thought crossed my mind that 
the publishing of ACU had stopped. 
As a result of that, I was reluctant to 
out a new subscription, in case I 

Amstrad User February 1932 



did not get it back. So + if I am wrong, 
please could you correct me, 

Alistair Coyne, Monagkan, Ireland 

Ziggy: Here we go again, 1 know that 
a tot of people have been experi- 
encing difficulty in getting hold of 
ACU recently but, let me assure 
you, we have absolutely no plans to 
cease publication. 

The best thing for you to do is, 
either take out a subscription, or 
put in a regular order at your 
newsagents to be sure of getting 
hold of your fave mag. 

We are still here and we ask you 
to let us know of any difficulties you 
may have in getting hold of the mag* 
When we can work out which an as 
are being blacked out, we can do 
something positive about it. So let 
us know, OK? 



KWAH WHO? 

Can anyone help me with /0^4i/ t as I 
cannot get anywhere with it? All I have 
in my inventory is a press pass and a 
tape recorder. Someone help me. 
please f 

Andrew Carimdl, Brisbane, 

Australia r 

Ziggy; I don't think 1 remember too 
much about that little offering, un- 
fortunately. However, as your re- 
quest was so short and sweet, I'm 
sure one of our readers can help 
you out somehow, If anyone out 
there has a cheat sheet or some 
clues as to how to get on in Kwah f 
please let me know and I'll forward 
them on to our lost Aussie friend. 



MORE 
RUMOURS 

I have a few questions to ask. I am 
thinking of purchasing a CPC 464 Plus, 
1 already have the original 454, but I 
heard a rumour that this is going to be 
phased out, 1$ this true? 

I would also like to know how many 
ports there are for the paddle control- 
lers and are normal joysticks compat- 
ible. 

John McMillan, Glasgow 

PS: Could you tell me where 464+ cas- 
sette games can be purchased t as I 
haven't yet seen them where I pur : 
chase my present games and software? 

Amstratt User February 1992 



Ziggp: Many questions require many 
answers, so here goes* First of all, 
the 464 Plus was designed to up- 
grade the existing 464 so that^ if 
the original 464 is getting a little 
scarce by now, it is not really very 
surprising. 

Secondly, there are two paddle 
ports on the plus machine and, yes ? 
you can use normal joysticks if you 
find the paddles too fiddly for your 
liking. 

Thirdly, all of the games in pro- 
duction for the original 464 should 
work just as well on the Plus ma- 
chine* The two are basically the 
same machine with a couple of 
minor alterations and the facility 
for playing cartridge based games 
on the Plus. As a result, just pick 
up your normal 464 cassettes if 
you do want to upgrade. 

If you don't, and even if Amstrad 
has stepped down production on 
the original 464, you should still 
find plenty of games around for it 

There is still a mammoth user 
base of 464 owners, so weigh up 
the pros and cons of upgrading 
carefully before you decide. You 
could also try looking in the Bits 
section for secondhand machines, 
as you might even pick up a disc 
based machine on the cheap if you 
prefer- 



WHEELY 
GOOD 

1 have been buying racing games for 
my Amstrad CPC but P when I play 
racing games in the arcade, they are 
much better. This is because they have 
steering wheels which I can not find on 
computers. Maybe you could fit one 
onto the joystick port? 

Please, please could you tell me if 
you can buy any steering wheels or if 
they are ever going to make any? 

Stephen Richardson, 
Newcastle-upon-Tyne 

Ziggyj Well, I must admit that ac- 
tual steering wheels are a bit of a 
rarity on the home computer front, 
frustrating though it is. 

However, there are a couple of 
yoke style joysticks on the market, 
designed in the main for flight 
simulator games, which may serve 
a purpose for your needs, 
Powerplay/Sonmax manufacture 
one and there are a couple of others 
on the market, such as the Zoomer, 



though you may find some of these 
out of your price range, as well as 
being somewhat of an overkill, due 
to their technical designs. 

Why not ask at your computer 
shop to have a look at the yoke 
sticks on the market and see what 
you think? Alternatively, have a 
look at Spectravideo's pedal joy- 
stick, currently on the market I 
know it isn't a wheel, but the pedals 
should give you a bit more of a feel 
for your fave games. 



LISTING 
BLUES 

I think your mag is great, as I get it 
every month. However, there is one 
thing about your mag that bugs me. 
Whenever I get a magazine, 1 type out 
tbe 1 (Winers but, 75% of them do not 
work. 

1 own a 46*1 and sonic of the com- 
mands I see do not work, such as 
Graphics Pen, Fill etc, which work on a 
6128, but not on a 464 + 

In the December issue, Fern was the 
only demo that I could type out! 

1 hope that you will make a double of 
the 10-liner* a 464 version and a 664/ 
6128 version, to keep us all happy J find 
it very f ru stratlng finding a big listing in 
the back of the mag with Fill commands! 
Thanks H 

Chris Htne, Moome, Caffis Harbour, 

NSW, Australia, 



Ziggys Sorry to hear of your prob- 
lems, Chris. We at ACU do our best 
to ensure that as many as possible 
of our 10- liners work on all CPC 
machines but, when all is said and 
done, all of the proggies we use are 
sent in by you readers. We don't 
like to tamper with them too much, 
unless they don't work at all t of 
course, and though most progjgies 
should work on all machines, why 
don't you 464 owners get together 
and start sending in more of your 
own proggies for publication? That 
way, you should find yourself well 
and truly catered for. 

After all, the 10-liners and list- 
ings section are for you readers, so 
represent your own views by 
sending in your own proggies and 
weTl see that a balance is main- 
tained throughout. 

Page 11 





Wow! Have we got a belter of a competition for you this 
month! What's on oiler? One brand spanking new 9-pin 
Panasonic printer. The KX-P1170, as reviewed in this 
month's issue, to be exact. 

To get your hands on this incredible prbe, just answer the three simple 
questions below and get your answers in ASAP to make sure that you are 
in with a winning chance. PS: A quick glance at the review may help you 
out. Here goes; 

1. What printer emulations does the KX-P1170 have? 

2. What is the maximum print speed of the KX-P1170 in draft? 

3. What level of graphics resolution 
does the KX-P1 170 have? 



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The editor's decision is final. 



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Amstrad User February 1992 



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Crttt I94t £10.95 £11.95 

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Europ. Super League £1 1,95 

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G unship ,£ll.9S £15.95 

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Amstrad MP3 TV Tun 

CTMW+, .£39,95 

Ca-ssette AlrgnftWJit Kit £7.95 

Cassette Lead ,£3-95 

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Cassette (Reorder le*di , . .£23.95 
Cover DDI fFDI Dlic Drive , . ,£2,95 
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Cover Set 464+ J i 1 28+ M/Col £8-95 
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Disc Box 80 3.5", 50+ 3" £9.95 

Dltc Drive Cleaner 3" . .£5.95 

Discs 1" . . .£165 Ea h 5 for . . .£! 2.50 

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FD I Ca We lor 1 28 . . . . . . £7.95 

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GeniusMlouse * Adv Art 6128 £49.95 

joystick 5pimter £8=95 

Ktvboird Ext Uids CPC+ . . . .£8.95 

Keyboard Ext Lead* 464 £7.9£ 

Keyboard Ext Leads 6 128 .... . £8-95 
Memory E*p. 64k 464/644 . . .£44.95 



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Caesar's Travels 3-9 £12.95 

Here there Mr Men* 

4-8 £1195 

PRIMARY WORD SKILLS 



Mouse Mat . 


. £4,95 


Multlface II CPC/CPC+ 


.£46.95 


Printer Cable CPC Imtr . . .. 


..£8.95 


Printer Cable CPC imtf 


.1110-95 


Printer Cable CPC+ Imtr . . . 


. .£7 95 


Pibbon ft*-|nk 


,£11-95 


Surge Protection Plug 


.£1195 


464-/6 128- Exp. Port Adap 


£9,95 


JOYSTICKS 




A MS WD ytl , r . 


...£7.95 


CHEETAH Buf 


..£13.95 


CHEETAH HACH 1 ......... 


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. . .£8.95 


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..£14.95 


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STINGRAY 


..£13.95 


ZIPSTiCK SUrf R PRO 


..£14.95 



Betcfir Spelling 
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Fun wnh w«*ds 

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PRINTERS 

STAR LCM 9 Pin Mono . . . .£J79.95 
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Fun Wfth Numbers 7- £8.50 
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Magic Malhi 
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4.8 £8.95 
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£15,95 



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12*16 £9.95 £13-95 
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13 



DREAM WARRIOR 



BY DAVID HALL 



Yep! Mr Hall is back and his first dy- 
namic Machine Code offering is a 
Breakout Clone, featuring random ball 



bouncing and wall patterns, as well as see how well you fare in this excellent 
scoring and sound effects* proggie. Pressing the Space Bar will 

Run it, get hold of your joystick and restart your game if you come unstuck. 



10 h$= M * Dream Warrior *": g$ = "Point s * " : READ a$:l=30060:F 
OR j = l TO 92 STEP 2 : POKE 1 , VAL { * M IDS ( a$ , j t 2 ) ) : 1 = 1 + 1 : NEXT ; 
1=9999 ; q=l ; FOR k=l TO 8 ; READ a$;FOR t=l TO LEN(a$) STEP 2:1= 
1+1: POKE 1 , VAL ( +MIDS ( a$ , t , 2 ) ) : NEXT : NEXT : MODE 0 ; PAPER 0:CL 
S: BORDER 0 [El] 

20 PLOT 62, 44: FOR t = l TO 2 : DRAWR 0 , 308 , 8 : DRAWR 520,0 : DRAWR 0 
,-308: DRAWR -520,0 : HOVER -4,2; NEXT : LOCATE 3,24: PEN 6: PRINT g 
$;:PEN 12: LOCATE i,2:PRINT h$ : DATA 0 100O046O000Of 06000002000 
04800000f 06000001 OOOOOOOOOOOf 03000057414C4C204 445535 4524F5 94 
5442021 [40] 

30 a$ = "* GAME OVER *" : INK 0,0: INK 5,15: CALL q+1: PAPER 0 : PEN 
7: LOCATE 4, 15: PR I NT a$ : WHILE INKEY$<>" " : WEND : PLOT 66,350,0 
:FOR t-1 TO 152: DRAWR 508.0: MOVER -508 , -2 ; NEXT : FOR k=l TO 50 
8 : NEXT : GOTO 30 : DATA CDF1 27CD74 273E02329C4A3 2 9D4A2164EE229065 
2114EE2230753E [A7] 

40 DATA 01323275323375CD2E28CD2E28CD6627CD24283A9C4AFSCD6429 



8O0E05CDCD27 32E980214CF8CPC52 70E08CDCD274FO60BCD26BC1OFBOD20 
F6CD26BC7EFEO0 [6F] 
50 DATA 

FE1220BBC917.1717* 
11DC2 



28037718DC3630 [7F] 

60 DATA 2B18F20E2206C810FE0D2QF9C93E4ACD1EBB201C3E4BCD1EBB28 
202A906511 08001 97EFE00201 42A9065 232 2906 5 1 80B2A9065 2B7EFE0020 



7 5CD29BC06047EFEOG200C2310F82A3075CD2 9BCC3212 9CD8A2 9DD21D084 
3E2432409CDD66 [96] 

70 DATA 01DD6E00060BCD26BC10FB2B2B060C7EFE0528102310F8DD23DD 



AFDD7701DD77002 14771 341 80C2 1 6C75CDAABC2 1 767 5C3AABC3E0FF53286 
75328575218075CDAAB006FA001 0FDF1 3D20EAC93A327 5FEQ228 1 92A307 5 
2B06067EFE0020 [EA] 

80 DATA 27CD26RC10F6 2A307 5 2B22307 5 1 8 2B2 A3 0 7 5 1 10 400 1 906067EFE 



3375EE03323375 [73] 

90 DATA OE04CDCD27329C4AC3E1282A3075CD26BCC32129118C2ACD5F28 

2A3075118C2 
107ECD5ABBCD24 282 31D2 



CFCFCFCFCE [82] 

100 DATA 8830CFCFCFCFCFCE8830CFCFCFCFCFCE8844CCCCCCCCCCCC884 
4CCCCCCCCCCCC000O00O00O0 0O00O0 00 0 5 0F0F0F0F0A0 0O0 0F030FOF0F0F 



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El 
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40 
40 
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A7 
[A7 
A7 

6F 
6F] 
6F 

6F] 

7F 

7F 
7F 
7F 



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96 
96 
96 

[EA 
EA 
[EA 
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73 
73 
7 3 

82 
82 
82 
82 

65 
6 5 
65 
65 



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Amstrad User February 1992 




CENTRETEXT 



BY PETER WILKINS 



Here's a handy routine to allow you to 
write text to the centre of the screen. 
All you do is specify the starting point 
for your text, then write it out- Couldn't 
be simpler and it's sure to promote 
quite afew variations in the near future. 



10 


' TEXT CENTRE ROUTINE (CJ PETER WILKINS 


1991 [Fl] 




20 


MODE 2 [EE] 




[85] . 


w 


o U 


LOCATE 1,20: PR I NT" ENTER Y VALUE 1 TO 25 " 


[BB] 


40 


LOCATE 1,21: PRINT SPACES ( 79 ): LOCATE 1, 


21 : 


INPUT MY 


50 


LOCATE 1,22: PRINT" ENTER TEXT" [E3] 






[EB] 


60 


LOCATE 1 , 23 : PRINT SPACES (79); LOCATE 1, 


23 : 


INPUT M$ 


70 


TAG [F6] 


8] 






80 


MOVE < 80-LEN(M$) J/2*7 t 415-(MY*16) [8 






I 90 


PRINT M$; [5D] 








10( 


3 M$= " " : TAGOFF : GOTO 30 [6F] 

■ 









MENDISP 



BY PETER WILKINS 




Something useful here, to help you 
remember the key points in your C PC's 
memory. Simply enter the area you 
wish to search, from 0 to 65535 and see 
what you can find. Along the way, you 
should find this little proggie in there 
somewhere. Happy hunting. 



10 1 MEMORY DISPLAY <C) PETER WILKINS 1991 [Fl] 

20 INPUT" START ADDRESS" ; S : IF S<0 OR S>65535 THEN GOTO 20 [EC] 
30 INPUT" END ADDRESS" ; F : IF F<S OR F>65535 THEN GOTO 30 [CE] 
40 INK 0,0: INK 1,15: BORDER 0 : MODE 2:ADD=S [C6] 
50 MEM=PEEK( ADD ) [44] 

60 IF MEM>31 AND MEM<129 THEN C$=CHR$(MEM) ELSE C$=" " [D9] 

70 PRINT ADD ;TAB( 10 ) ; MEM ; TAB( 20 ) ; C$ [72] 

80 ADD=ADD+1 [AC] 

90 IF ADD-F+1 THEN STOP [E2] 

100 GOTO 50 [A4] 



1 ' +++ 

2 ' +++ b 

3 ' [ 73 J 
10 a=4000 
£0 READ c 
30 PEN 3 : 
40 PRINT" 
50 PRINT" 
SO DATA 1 
70 DATA 2 
80 DATA 1 
90 DATA 1 
100 DATA 



BaSiC ExTrA +++ [71] 
y David Hal 1 + t+ t 7 2 1 

0 i MEMORY a-l:FOR t = e TO a+41 [IE] 
:POKE t , c : NEXT r CALL a : CLS [79] 
PRINT "New commands -" ; PEN 2 [B2] 
! INVERSE -Swaps INK + PAPER colours 
\ BEEP -Beep sound !":PEN 1 : NEW 133] 
,78,156,33,74,156,205,20 9, 188 [DO] 
01 .0,0,0,0,86, 15 6, 195 , 98, 156 [3D] 
95, 101 , 156, 7 3 ,78 ,86, 69,82 ,83 [96] 
9 7 ,66 , 69,69 ,208,0, 195 , 156, 197 [F8] 
62,7.195,90,187 [DD] 



[EB] 



BASIC+ 

BY DAVID HALL 



Basically, this little routine adds two 
new commands to the Basic list. :BEEP 
makes the computer beep sound, while 
INVERSE swaps the pen and paper 
colours. 

It may not sound much, but the sec- 
ond new RSX command should defi- 
nitely prove useful. 



Amstrad User February 1932 



Page IS 



URGE 



BY DOUGAL KENNEDY 

This is a superb pick-em-up game, 
which sees you controlling the blue 
cross with your joystick. The aim is to 
collect all of the gold coins on the 
screen without touching any of the 
red nasties. You also have to beat the 
clock, so move fast and look out for 
the big scoring blue crystals as well. 
Get going and good luck. 




10 bm=900: li=3 :hi=10000 : h$= "Ams t rad" : 1=1 : bo=900 : g = 10 : nb=50 : S 
YMBOL 255 , 129, 1 29 , 102 , 24 , 24 , 102 , 129 , 129 ; SYMBOL 254, 60 , 66 , 165 
,129,129.165, 66, 60 : SYMBOL 253 ,24 .36, 102, 153, 153, 102, 36 ,24: SY 
MBOL 252,60, 126 , 94 , 159, 159,255 : st$= M By Dougal Kennedy 
20 q=l: BORDER 17 : FOR i=40 TO 0 STEP -l:FOR j = 0 TO 30:NEXT:OU 
T &BC00.1:OUT &BD00 , i : NEXT : PAPER 0 : MODE 1 : SYMBOL 251,16,40,6 
8, 108. 56 , 56, 16, 16:LOCATE 18,1: PEN 1 : PRINT "URGE" : LOCATE 28,2 
5: PEN 2: PRINT "TIME" ; bo ; LOCATE 1,24: PRINT"SCORE" ; s ; TAB ( 30 ) ; " 
LEVEL" ;1 [9E] 

30 PRINT h$,hi:F0R i=l TO g : LOCATE INT (RND*40 ) +1 , INT( RND*22 ) 
+2: PRINT CHR$( 254) : NEXT: PEN 3 : FOR i=l TO nb : LOCATE INT (RND* 4 
0)+l , INT(RND*22)+2 : PRINT CHR$ ( 253 ): NEXT ; PEN 1 ; LOCATE 20,12:P 
RINT CHRS { 252 )+ H M : LOCATE INT (END* 4 ) +1 , I NT ( RND* 22 ) +2 : PRINT C 
HR$(251) [30] 

40 n=30:ms5 :x=n: y=m: INK 0,0:INK 1,11:INK 2,24rINK 3,6:PEN 2: 
d=INT(RND*25) -FOR i=l TO 40: FOR j = 0 TO 30: NEXT: OUT &BC0O,l:O 
UT &BD00, i : NEXT: BORDER 0:IF d=l THEN LOCATE INT (RND* 3 9 ) +1 , IN 
T(RND*22)+2:PRINT CHR$ { 186 ): BORDER 6 , 0 : G=G+RND* 5+5 : INK 3,15 
ELSE BORDER 0 [64] 

50 LOCATE x,y:PEN 1: PRINT CHR$ ( 255 ) : PEN 3 : LOCATE 32,25: PRINT 
bo:r=INKEY{72)+l+(INKEY(73>+l >*2+( INKEY(74)+1 >*4+{ INKEY<75) 
+1)*8:IF r>0 THEN SOUND 1,239,5,15: SOUND 2 , 1 90 , 5 , 1 5 : SOUND 4, 
159,5.15:L0CATE 28,1:PRINT MID$ (st* , q, 7) :q=q+l : IF q=LEN{ st $ ) 
-7 THEN q=l [AA] 

60 n=x:m=y:IF r=l AND y>2 THEN y=y-l ELSE IF r=2 AND y<23 TH 
EN y=y+l ELSE IF r=4 AND x>l THEN x=x-l ELSE IF r=8 AND x<40 
THEN x=x+l [7D] 

70 LOCATE x,y :a = ASC(COPYCHR$UO) ) : IF a = 254 THEN s = s+ 100*1 EL 
SE IF a=253 THEN GOSUB 90 ELSE IF a=252 THEN nb=nb+5 : bm= INT( 
bm-(bm/10} ): 1=1+1 :bo-bm: GOTO 20 ELSE IF a=251 THEN bo=bo+200 
:s = s+(1000*U74) } ELSE IF a=186 THEN s = s + l 0000 : INK 1,26:INK 
0,3: BORDER 3 [63] 

80 bo=bo-2:IF bo<l THEN li=0: GOSUB 90 ELSE PEN 2 : LOCATE 6,24 
: PRINT s:PEN 3 : LOCATE 17,24: PRINT li-PEN 1 : LOCATE n,m: PRINT 
" " ; LOCATE x,y:PRINT CHR$ ( 255 ): GOTO 50 [2C] 

90 li=li-l:IF li>0 THEN RETURN ELSE LOCATE n , no : PRINT " " : PEN 
2: LOCATE 15,12:PRINT CHR$ { 22 ) CHR$ { 1 ) "GAME OVER" : IF s>hi THE 
N 100 ELSE PEN 1: LOCATE 12 . 13 ; PRINT" ANY KEY TO START " CHRS ( 22 
) CHR$ (0); CLEAR INPUT : CALL &BB18 : nb= 50 : 1 = 1 : 1 i = 3 : bin- 900 : bo = 900 
: s=0:GOTO 20 [7A] 

100. CLEAR INPUT: INK 3,15,6: BORDER 5 : LOCATE 1,20: PR I NT CHRS { 2 
2 }CHR$ (0) : INPUT " You Got A New Hi score Please Ente 

r Your Name (10 Letters max) ";h$:PRINT CHRS { 22 ) CHRS ( 1) : IF L 
EN{b$>>lG THEN 100 ELSE hi=s:INK 3,6: BORDER 0:GOTO 90 [DF] 



A2 ] 
A2 ] 
A2 ] 
A 2 ] 
9E] 
9E] 
9E J 
9E] 

30] 
30] 
30] 

30] 

64] 



J 

64] 
64 ] 

AA] 
AA] 
AA] 
AA] 

7D] 

7D] 

63] 
63 ] 
63] 
63] 

2C] 

2C] 

7A] 
7A] 
7A] 
7A] 

DF] 
DF] 
DF] 



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&e Sft> niaiii tubroiitia^ you will ae*^d 
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fee st^t of any prbgprm^-^ wdte, 

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p^w.Thes^or^tOu^iie at iOOQshould 
be used wheflecerypu needto calculate 
the pen's position, it wll return bm 
coordinate valuer mx (horizontal HO) 
and y (vertical 1-25), 

Unfortunately the pen k only really 
accurate to one character position and 
cannot be used to select indivli|^ ; 
pixels, so if you intended to 
hires with it then a mouse mij 
fetter investment. Having said this, 
the light-pen is ideal for many other 
appl&ations including selecting menus 
and should give you much enjoyment 
Have fun! On answer toyour ES. P you ve 
only got a few column inches to wait!) 

Not wanting to stand between 
Jonathan and his assembler, 111 make 
this brief. AH correspondence regarding 
the Tech ie Bit h extremely welcome 
and can he sent to the address at the 
front of die magasane. Acouple of people 
have asked if problems/$ue$e$ can be 
sent to this column, the answer M of 
course YES! Similarly, if you've gotany 
liandy hints Vtips on m/e 
progiWiming theft I'd be delighted to 
hear fifotnyoti; 



Hex Edttc^fioai -Hie Assembler 
i-l^S B^R'E!f¥eshideea,ACU'svery 

own assembler has arrived at last After 
months of slaving over a hot keyboard 
(well warmish anyway), ACU can now 
give its readers an exclusive 
tjpporrunity to obtain diLsHttlegem, No 
more grappling with cryptic text editors 
or becoming lost in strange 
development environments, now 
assembly language instructions can be 
freely mixed with BASIC statements. 
How is ihis possible I hear youcry , 
take^ look: at the listing below: 





;short machine code 



10 1 He 
program... 
201 

30 'am MM 

40 'ti> JiUmessage 
^ t loopilX>a t te) 
€0 'CP 

SS'INCHL 
^^•TPloop 
»S0^mes^^; 




,115,101 




110 „and hS8&|$p 
120MODE2 

MAW iNT(END^S# 
130-KMT 



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Lines 30-120 use assembly 
instructions while lines J20-150 employ 
standard BASIC commands, T>pixjg 
RUN will cause the BASIC program to 
be executed in the normal way. Once 
the new asseftibler is loaded, typing 
[ASM will turn all the assembly 
mstructkms into m^ine Tliis 
cm then be executed by CALL &7QQ6. 

N o tice ho w li ne s of asse mbly 
language start with an apostrophe <V 
thus making them invisible to the 
BASIC interpreter. The assembler* on 
the other hand, will only look at such 
^ies and will ignore any BASIC 
statements that it might come across, 
hi this way, two fundamentally d ifferenf 
types of programs! can he kept in 
memory and developed 
simultaneously. 

; Even if you have no desire to mbc the 
two. ACtFs new assembler still has a 
lot to offer > pifiticuLirry for be&inners. 
it^kiiii? the plunge into machine code 
ffsrogr am nnng can be a daiu ntin g 
experience, butyour fi rsttentative steps, 
can now be made a lot less painful. 
Wliat easier Way to start Off than by 
using the familiar BASIC editing 
fuiK^ionSitypingassemblymstructions 
i n a BASIC-style li stings, and then being 
".able; to-^aye/I.<^d/|)iSiri^st them in 
Me, usual way . 

tt is for all these reasons that ni tore 
"Hex Education' columns will be 
designed specifically with this new 
assembler in mind. The listings given 
shouystiuw^konexisWngasseiiibk'rs 
with only minor rauMeatioos, but why 
:aot save you rself the trouble and order 
your yery own copy of the ACU 
assembler lODAY! 

Once you've got your hands on a 
copy (an ORIGLNALcopythatisI) using 
it is dead easy-inseitme tape/disk and 
type RUN'ACIJ^^': ACUA* is a 
simple loader which executes the 
f o ilo win g commaftd s ; M EM O lit 
SW^LaAD^ASMCO^E.B^eAI.L 

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AC U Assembler v l , 0 
(c) 1991 Simon Watson 
Initialised,.. 



Yqu should be rewarded With the 
ahove message that Mcates; alf i^ well 

aMth^thfe as^rifl&lexisr^^ 
its stuff/The : asselM^^82L now b£ 
accessed by using one ot •l-w'e' 
commands, JA^ and ilABEt Oite 1* 
svmbol can W obtained by pressing 

Mate asseiol^ |*r<K;ess,. and to 
no p^raiEetersvTypmgMIn tfn^mode; 
j&o fine number) tn^^t mult hi the 




Pass2... 

No assembly retimrai 




^otroe code) hi two 
fi rst pass it simply constructs aKst of all 
flie labels youVe defmed, whOe on me 
second pass it actually generates the 
machine cade (object code) la the 
above example after completing the 
secoft dpass die message 'Ho assembly 
required' appears* Indicating that the 
assembler could not tind any lines to 
assemble. If you now type in me listing 
at the start of this section foDowesd by 
1ASM t the final message displayed 
should be Assembly completed at line 
J2Q'. Try adding line;.. 






.followed by {ASM. Because this 
label was defined earlier on in the listing 
(line 50) I an error will be generated on 
Pass 1 andme assembly processhalted. 
Other errors may only he found on 
Pass 2 but the end result, is still the 
same assembly will not continue until 
the cause of the error is removed . 

As previously mentioned* the 
assembler will only recognise lines 
starting with an apostrophe. In order to 
be a bit more flexible, a further 
retiuirement is mat lines of assembler 
mu^: be e nciosedbyfand ] symhtils at 
tlie start and end respectively, lines 
outside these brackets will simply be 
ignored, m our example listing mese 
symbols can ibe seen at lines 20 and 
100, thus onJj? flnes2^1Q0 are vetted by 
ttie assemble^ If Mae iCfO'.was delelen; 
then the assembler would ioiOhk; at line 
1 10 and display an error. You may use 
as many {,1 symbolg ^ as required, and 
may omit the 1 sym?>ol These brackets 
Caii be |bosug|it of as switches with [ 
eftahlil^g theassemblet m$} msabSng 
it. 

BefiMre a^semfcier can generate 
any object code it needs to be told 
where to place it This is achieved by 
the use of the ORG statement ORG 
&70i^y?ould tell th e ass^iftfeler to start 
placing ai } stibse^uei it nrndbfee code 
trotti ^lOQf onwards.- The assemhla* 
n^st haye ^ftoOuai ered an OEC before 
your ^stmnemonic otherwise an ehor 
wiH he generate?!, 

: Hfere. ; i!*;-a'teehJt^ 
■ ACU;^s#ernhler vLO: 

Fifes needed: ^ASMCO^E.B^^ (pfu% 
optional ^ACUASM* loader) 

length: M%m ■ : ^ry; : ::: . 

^^fi^Hide^d :' switches:- enables 











assembler, ( disables it 
Directives supported; ORG, EQ ti, 
DEFB/DB, DEFW; DW/DEFS, M 
(note thai ORG mil EQU must be 
followed by Bumbers, not labels) 
Line format (line number) '{label) 
(nwemonic) (comineat^ e.g> 10 'start; 
Id a,65 ;load the ammiulator wMs 65 
4j)I3e Yet 37 loop; 156 4 ;eoroment 
Upper/tower case mt important and 
may be mixed 

Eafcels: Maximum length of 1$ 
ebatactei^ Mmt mi start with ^ May 
contain spaces. Must be temlinated 
^th a colon, 

Mnemonics Maximum ten#ih of SO 
characters, Official 280 insinictipns 
only. 

Comments; No maximum length. Can 
contoiamiycHamcters, MuststaitWith 
a semi-colom 

Numbers: Supports dfcipal, 
hexadecimal {must siart with &} , (as 
paramefo*r^ binary (must start with 
Bus and mbius sighs may be 
used ai the start e,g>&lc, +32, ^feXll. 
Arithmetic ex pre saigas are not 
supported e*g, use ID &7 instead of 
LD Straig^ not accepted e,g, use 
LI) AM instead of J J) A*T Labels may 
be used where Ifrhit numbers are 
required LD HLiabel 

Here is a list of all the error 
messages/reports together with a 
description of what they mean and why 
they ocmn 



the assembler encountered a valid 
mnemonic before ait 080 statement 
had been issued. Every progmm rntist 
start with ORG Walter a f ^course!) : 

lkkik>wnn^ 

Specified line contains a mnemonic that 
the assembler does notreajpitee* Most 
likely cause isa simple typing eow 
UL0 AjX- : 



Mitefitowc part of Jine is more than 68 
characters. This earn only occur if 
line in question us^s DKFB (DB) or 
DEFW (DWJ. 



'The rimemortic yon have 
requires a parameter which i$tpi$§iftg 




hsmi specified contains 
characters e,& il>A,TOR 9 

m (t&i},&m\ add mmi :^ 



A number you have specified ris too 
^aall or too hr.g&< Ail aiimbers above 
65555 or below -128 will Mtom^c^y 

he i^m&d tis- HL.7000O ID 4* 
12?mW655^0RG&EI2:gln addition, 
if a number exceeds 255 where aiiS4)at 
number is essjsected this error will occur 
e;g'; LD DB 300 AND 

MlOOOlOOll 




The assemble was expecting a number 
between -l^and 127e.g.LD (DC±20G), I 



You attempted to use an isdex register 
without speeding an offset e g; LD 
KW should be writteoml^^ 



A relative jump has been used but Hie 
desdnalion ad dress is toofar away from 
the current value of the program 
counter register* 




^ad parameter 
Aparameteryou have given isriof valid. 
This will occur when any of the above 
fi?£ error messages ate not suitable, & 
cojiiraon situation is the misuse of 
commas in a DEFB /DEFW etc 
statement e*g, DB m or DW 1,2X4 



You have defined a labeiwhich is more 
than 18 characters m length. 




The label starts with a & symbol * this 
b not allowed - or the fine contains 
more than one colon , 




Dup^cate kbel foudd 
Thelabelyou wish to delmehas already 
been defined. 




Tlte label you bave specified has not 
vet been definM, 




EOtl without fei^ 
E^e*^ECPJ statenk 
dfe^ied on the saiiw ]jne> ; 

^fti have attetr^pted to position object 
cxKle Jn an address wMch k eurrently 
u«ed by the asseniMer or its label lable, 




nothing to Ho with Brixtott ptiSCH^ 
It Bimp^y means that ymi preset ffie 
Escape key teing the a^embly 

; Ttie adiml ctMe lor the a^s^bler 
program Itself is $mr®& |rnm &8£Mi ia }) 

my lab els yo u have defined is storcM 
from SrTVW downwards in a label:! 
table', Bear in mind fb^;tl^ 
dynamic and its precise size ^^vs^y 
according to the length and niiM)er:iM 
the Jabels you use (see below); The 
assembler will do • its ;bagt-: to; prolssM 
itself and to prev^it any object code : 
overwriting it Having said ihm r ii is not 
impossible to trip it or fer your m/tr 
programs to directly poke vMiiei into 
its spsce; so be care&tl! 

To di^lay the value of any labeBybu 
have defined, use the JLABEL 
ctuiimand, Fimt3y, place the label yi>u 
wish to search for into a string e.g. AM 
diexi type j-lABEL@A$. If .the Ia?)el h 
|&ujidihen rts value will be displayed m 
decimal form, a^ilmifflHWffl 

uri 

30 f ]abell: RET 
40labei2: 
■5C> t)RG &7500 
60 v kbel& 
7() labeH: EQU 



; 1f>pe in the^bove pr^rans followed 
by tASM aftd use ther fijeyjod^^ 
described to find values for each of the 
four labels The results should be 0^6?!3 
(&7000L 28*573 (&70fil) f 2995^ 
(&7500) t 26112 (mm i^spectively. 
For those not already f ainiliar with 
assemblers, the EQU directive k used 
to assign" a specific value to a iabel^ 
rather than the current value qf the 
program c<mnter A special case of die 
KABEL comroands is if you ask It to 
search for the label u Sl\ Thiswtll di splay 
the position of the bottam of the label 
hi detimal fi^rni e>g: 











Bottom of label table - 32741 

Wei I think tfaat f s about alH want to 
say. Not too many bells and ^histleSi 
just a good solid assembler that can 
cope with most things This is only vLO 
so if there^ anything don f t like 
about it'or gomethifif you wouH feto 

see ifi.a &tnre vbembn then why not 
fetrneknow, 

Don*!: worry if this assembler 
busbess ^ems awfully complicated, 
well be getth^ piei}iy of practice with 

months. See you 





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DRIVE TIME 

The latest offering from SD Microsystems 
comes under the scrutiny of 
John Taylor 



ability to copy specified and marked 
files to and from your drives. 

Standard 3" mode must be used in 
cp/m mode, although your data can 
still be archived onto 3.5" using the file 
transfer routines provided. 

In short the SD Drive looks great 
feels great and is an absolute boon to 
anyone requiring cheap and extensive 
storage space. At present a widget is 
being worked on to make the drive 
compatible with the Plus machine and, 
eventually, those clever people at SD 
Micros intend to put an end to the 3.5" 
drive side switch problem with a new 



As the new SD Micros 3.5" drive 
hits the streets, ACU samples a 
real high-capacity delight. 
Most people who have looked into 
the prospect of fitting themselves out 
with a 3 .5' 1 disc drive will, by now, kno w 
of the enormous benefits of these 
beasts. 

The access times for data are quicker, 
you can store more than double the 
capacity of the standard 3" discs and, 
more importantly, the 3,5" discs 
themselves are a darn sight cheaper 
and easier to get hold of. 

Admittedly, there has always been 
the initial hurdle of costs to leap over, 
before being able to access this new 
found power. The unfortunate problem 
for 464 owners, is that they will always 
need to purchase a DDI drive first, 
enabling the machine to address a 
second drive properly, 

For 6 123 owners, however, this does 
not apply* But, even so t many owners 
are still cagey about paying out for a 
new drive and then having to fork out 
another £20 or £30 for a rom or ram- 
based system to access the high 
capacity performance of the 3.5 rr disc. 



Rom box 

On top of this* a rom box to sort out 
your gear will put you even further in 
the red before you get operating. Of 
course, extra power does cost you 



money, you only 
need to look at the 
cost of PC 
equipment to tell 
you that So where 
does the new SD 
drive fit in with all 



Well, for just 
£79.95 T notonlydo 
you get quite 
possibly one of the 
quietest, and 
neatest 3 + 5 11 
drives on the 
market today, but 
you also get a 
high-capacity formatter thrown in 
absolutely free. 

Whal thi s m ean s, i s that you can now 
access up to 800k of disc storage space, 
without the need for Ramdos or Romdos 
lications and the entailing extra 





expense. 

Simple to connect to your 6128, all 
you need to do is plug in the drive and 
install the free 400k per side software 
by entering ib at the ready prompt, 
followed by run FF bcode' 1 and then select 
your option from the extensive menu, 
allowing you to copy material to and 
from your drives at will 



Disc doddle 

Formatting and accessing the second 

side of your 3,5" 
disc is a doddle, 
using the aide 
switch located on 
the back of the 
drive to flick 
between sides one 
and two, and then 
using the normal 
Disckit routine on 
your cp/m disc to 
do the rest. 

Other features 
allow you to copy 
whole discs, while 
a special wildcard 
option gives the 



switch of their o wn devising. 

Using a special three way switch, 
with up and down options for the two 
sides of the disc, as well as a neutral 
position in the middle for users of 
Kamdos and Romdos applications, who 
need to access both sides of double 
density discs, this new device should 
be pretty much of a major coup for SD 
Micros. 

In the meantime, the SD Drive forms 
a pretty major coup in itself and, if you 
have been put off indulging in a 3.5 ir 
drive in the past for whatever reason, 
the specifications of this little beauty 
should make you think again. 

As soon as any new developments 
take place on the drive, we at ACU will 
be giving it the full lowdown. For now T 
try dropping Steve Denson a line at the 
address below for more information 
about this slimline tonic to your storage 
power. 

John Taylor 



The SO Micros 3.5" second disc 

drive & software 

Cost £79.95 

SD Microsystems 

PO Box 24 

1 1 ol beach 

lines 

PE12 7JF 



Amstratf User February 1992 



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THE DUNGEON 

MASTER 



DM sings the praises 
of his recent visit to a 



ngeon in 



Birmingham. Read on 
and find out why... 



Ill start this month with the good 
news. Finally IVe got enough free 
— space to tell you about a marvellous 
weekend I spent in Birmingham at the 
end of October, This was at the invita- 
tion of the adventure magazine p Ad- 
venture Probe and it was to attend their 
annual convention. This is when ad- 
venturer's from all over the country 
ctnd with a variety of different comput- 
ers, get together to discuss their fa- 
vourite hobby with like-minded friends, 
It was an opportunity not to be missed 
as it gave me the chance to view some 
of the adventure software not available 
for the CPC and also to test some of the 
latest Amstrad software that is nearing 
completion. Further details on those 
will appear here as they are released. 
Adventure authors, columnists and 
players mingled happily and chatted 
for several hours and certainly made 



the trip worthwhile. This was the sec- 
ond convention to be held and due to 
the outstanding success of the first 
two, I predict that this will become a 
firm fixture for year?; to come. Roll on 
next year, I can hardly wait 

A special highlight of the convention 
is the presentation of awards that have 
been voted for by the Probe readership, 
1 was surprised and delighted by how 
many awards were won by people who 
are associated with the CPC and who 
also appear regularly as contributors to 
this column. So please put your hands 
together and applaud the following 
good Mends of ours, who won awards 
despite all the competition from the 
other computer formats. 



1991 Adventure Probe Convention 
results featuring CPC adventure soft- 
ware & personalities: 



Most helpful PD library: 
2nd - Adventure PD (Debby Howa 

Most helpful adventurer: 
3rd - Joan Pancott 

Best text-only 8 bit adventure: 
1st -Axe o/Klot by Larry Horsfield 
2nd - Spiro Legacy by Ken Bond 

Best graphic 8 bit adventure: 




lst- 



2nd - Eve of Skad&ws by Rob Buckley 
3rd - Tfte Hermitage by Tony Collins 

Best 8 bit role playing game: 
1st -Heroes Quest 
2nd - Lords o) 
3rd - Bards Tale 

Most helpful software house: 

1st- FSF Adventures (Larry Horsfield) 

3rd - Wow (Joan Pancott) 

Honourable membership of adventure 
Probe: 

Joan Pancott 



promising author: 
Bob Adams 
- Larry Horsfield 



Congratulations to all of the above 
winners and it's marvellous to see that 
the Amstrad is still capable of attract- 
ing such talented people, 

And now to the bad news. It seems a 
shame to talk about something sad 
after all the above excitementbut needs 
must. Over the past months I have 
mentioned the name of Mark 
Eltringham several times, both as a 
Scroller and as a seller of adventures 
via his company Recreation Recreation. 
Well Ym sorry to say that Mark has 
disappeared and left everybody high 
and dry. He no longer lives at his ad- 
vertised address and all attempts to 
contact him have failed. If you are owed 
money then I can only suggest that you 
contact the Trading Standards Officer 
in Norwich, Hopefully this will not be 
necessary but until I hear from Mark, I 
must assume the worst. 



NEW RELEASES 
WoW Software have been adding to 
their extensive list again- They are 
pleased to announce that they have 
now taken over the CPC distribution of 
the Adas Adventure adventures, Grue^ 
napped!, Atalan and Helvera p Mistress 
of the Park. 

Also newly released this month is 
Hounds of Hell by Peter Clark. Hounds 
is a two-part textadventure written with 
the PAW system and is only available 
on disc. The story outline is that you 
play the part of a crime reporter, in- 
vestigating some disappearances in the 
west country. As with all adventures, 
what starts out seeming like a simple 
task soon turns into something far more 
sinister and you'd better have your wits 
about you for this one, For prices, ete. P 
on all the above, contact WoW Soft- 
ware at 78 Radipole Lane, Weymouth, 
Dorset DT4 9R5. 

Tom Frost is a well known author on 



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Amstrad Kser February 1392 



the Spectrum scene and he has now 
written his first PAW + ed adventure for 
the CPC and FCW, called Vie Lost 
Dragon. Topically, this adventure is 
loosely based upon the 1990 Probe 
convention, when the sharp-eyed Tom 
noticed that the hotel they were using 
did not have a lift button for the third 
floor? This gave Tom the germ of an 
idea for an adventure and the result has 
now been converted from the original 
Spectrum version, using PAW. Basi- 
cally a find the missing treasure type of 
adventure but with a Tom Frost game 
- nothing is that simple. You can order 
the game from Tartan Software* 61 
Bailie Norrie Crescent, Montrose, An- 
gus, Scotland DD10 9DT, Price £3.95 
on disc. 

Colditz Escape is another new re- 
lease this month. Written by Frank 
Fridd and sold by his own company 
Ffiddsoft, this is a story based around 
escaping Irom the German prison at 
Colditz at the time of World War II t 
you'll no doubt be surprised to learn. It 
is a twoparter and is written entirely in 
Basic. 1 haven't got veay far into it yet 
but you can beat me to the end by 
sending £2 tape or £3,50 disc to Wood- 
lands, 107 Primrose Way, Chestfield, 
WMtstable, Kent CT5 3QR 



THE MY LAMP WONT WORK 
DEPARTMENT 

We have two lost souls this month 
seeking our assistance , First up is J onah 
Dearlove from Yeovil who is having 
trouble getting past the dragon 1 s lair in 
Castle Master. Well we covered this 
problem in the November issue so 
hopefully you have now completed this 
game Jonah, If for any reason you 
missed it then drop me a line again and 
Fll try and reprint it for you. Secondly, 
we have Ruth Jenkins of Dover seeking 
help with the second half of Classic 
Adventure, This would take far too long 
to answer here so Til blow the dust off 
my old solution and tty to serai ise it for 
you soon. 



HINTS & TEPS 

Peter Clark is a new addition to our 
Scroll this month so without further 
ado N here are Peter's tips: 
Scapeghost: 

The objects must be found and picked 
up in the correct order to build up your 
strength. The order is: 

1) Thistledown - found at Joe Danby's 
grave. 

2) Dry Leaf - found beneath copper 



4) Matchbook - found at the corner of 
the path, 

5) Pebble - found at your own grave. 

6) Fishbone - the dog has it wedged in 
its throat 

7) Twig - found wesi of shed. 

8) Gnomon - found by pushing the 
sundial with the dog's help. 

In the front garden of the cottage in 

Part 2, keep on concentrating. Freeze 

the d itch to get the map. 

Look in the herbs to find something 

useful. 

The Base: 

To open the safe in the Governor's 
office: 

Turn dial right 6; Turn dial left 5; 
Turn dial left 3; open safe, get pass. 

The torch is under the bed in the 
spare room. 

To cross the catwalk, wait when you 
hear the footsteps and then keep going 
south. 

You need the pepper pot to get rid of 
the dogs in Part 2. This is found in the 
hut but you will need a torch to find it 

The saucepan in the kitchen will pro 
vide what you need to pass the dogs in 
the courtyard. 
The Test: 

Go for a ride in a box at the stone 
quarry, 

You need the oil from the tractor. Get 
it using the bowl and the spanner. 

Create an explosion to open the doors 
by the bulldozer. 

Clean the bottle found in the wine 
cellar for a surprise. 

Well 1 hope that IVe covered your 
particular problem in the above selec- 
tion but if not, you should know by now 
what you need to do. Just write in and 
tell me the title of the game and where 
you are 



3) Petal - found at the grave with the 
marigolds. 

Amstrad User February 1992 



Scrolls of Wisdom 
The following good people who are 
experienced adventure players, have 
kindly offered to help any readers who 
are having difficulty with a particular 
problem. Please do not ask for full so- 
lutions and treat the 'Scrollers' with 
due respect. Either telephone them 
only during the times shown or include 
a stamped SAE. if you write to them. 

Jim Struthers, 112 Disraeli Street, 
Cowpen Quay, Blyth, Northumberland 
NE24 1JB, Jim has been adding to his 
list again: Adventures cfZebedee Gonig, 
Aftershock, Apache Gold, Atalan, 
Beeritunier, Behind the Lines, Black 
Knight, Big Sleaze, Boredom, Castle 
Blackstar, Castle Bmcula, Castle of Skull 
Lord, Cave Capers, City for Ransom, 
Detective, Draculu, DA. A, Detective, 
Escape from Koshima, Emerald Isle, 
Flook 1&2, Forest at the Worlds End, 




Frankenstein, Grue-Knapped! t Grem- 
lins, Cuardia n t Helvera - Mistress oftk e 
Park, Hermitage, Heroes of Kam, House 
out of Town, Hunchback 3, Imagina- 
tion Jewels of Babylon, LostPhirious l f 
2&3 3 Magician's Apprentice, Message 
fro m A n dro me da, Micro m a n , 
Mindshadow, Mystery Mansion, Mustety 
oflndus Valley, Neverending Story, Nova, 
Nythyel, Orifice from Outer Space, Panic 
beneath the Sea, Prison Blues, Project 
Annihilation, Project Volcano, Price of 
Magik, Rebel Planet, Red Moon, Rick 
Hanson, Seabase Delta, Shymer, 
Smashed, Souls of Darkon, Storm 
Mountain, Stryptiche, Talisman of 
Power, Top Secret, Total Reality Delu- 
sion, Twice Shy, Village of Lost Souls, 
Warlord, Werewolf Sim, Wolfman, 
Winter Wonderland, 

Until next month, happy adventur- 
ing, 

Please send all correspondence, 
hints, complaints, money, etc +t to: The 
Dungeon Master, c/o Amstrad Com- 
puter User, Sunnyside Cottage, 
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DTP steals the scene again, along with a few 
gripes for Uncle Bob to deal with. 



Y^X esk Top Publish m g programs 
I 1 seem to be all the rage right 
A-JF now on the CPC PD scene. In 

case you don*t know what these 
wondef&il programs are capable of, 
then 111 try to explain, If you already 
know what they are, then please meet 

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us again at the start of the next 
paragraph, Okay? Still here? Right, if 
you have ever wanted to organise and 
print out a page - such as a magazine 
page like this - complete with text in 
columns, graphics, large headlines, 
fancy fonts, saved text, graphics, fonts 



etc, and be able to manipulate it all on 
screen until you have achieved the 
desired layout, then this is the type of 
program we are discussing here. Now 
lef s rejoin the others. 

The fact that these programs are 
appearing in the Public Domain at all is 
a little short of amazing, for it is only a 
short time ago that commercial 
programs to do the same thing were 
sel 1 i ng for lots of spondoolas. The latest 
addition to come my way is called 
POWERPAGE VL2 and has been 
written by Richard Fadrhurst, who also 
happens to own and run ROBOT PD. 
No prizes for guessing which public 
domain library it is available from, 
Richard looked at what already 
available on the market and felt that he 
could do even better. Has he 
succeeded? WeH he feels confident 
enough to call it Zfee ultimate DTP 
program! so lefs take a look at the 
specifications; 

Comp uter : CPC 464 (plus disc drive) 
or 6128. All features fiilly available 
whether you have 128K or 64K Also 
recognises two drives when used, 

Fonts: You can have an unlimited 
number of fonts on each page, as well 
as selecting italic, underline and thin 
styles in each font A font design utility 
is also included. TIP: Rememberthefirst 
rule of publishing; the only people mho 
use every available Jbnt - are the people 
advertising the font program! 

Speed: Due to extensive use made 
of machine code, headlines are drawn 
in seconds rather than minutes (with 
optional centring and automatic word- 
wrap) and scrolling from top to bottom 
of page takes only a few seconds. You 
will have to have used some other 
program to appreciate just how much 
faster this is! 

Compatibility: Clip art and fonts 
available for AMS's Stop Press can be 
easily imported, TIP: Many PD libraries 
can supply these quite cheaply. 

Text display: You can select micro- 
ju stt&cation, centring, right justification 
or word-wrap> for either imported text 
or in direct typing mode, auto-flow for 
flowing text around graphics while also 
using any of the above options. 

Graphics: Drawing facilities are also 
included and offer rubber banding, 
rectangles, ellipses fill, invert and 
erase. 

Printing: Printer routine works on 
all CPCs, 

So if that has already whetted your 
appetite, need I mention that the disc 
comes complete with full docu- 
mentation, a host of support programs, 
example fonts, clip art an example page, 
that the program is fully menu driven 
and that finally, it is available for only 45 

Amstra tt User February 1992 




peace? No t I didn*t think I need do, For 
atruly remarkable bargain, send a blank 
disc, SSAE and 45p to Robot PD today 
and ask for selection number AMS87. 

I have received a fewcomplaints from 
readers who have been less than 
satisfied with the lack of response that 
they have received from some PD 
libraries. I have taken up some of the 
complaints with the libraries concerned 
and they have in most cases admitted 
that they have had some problems 
keeping up with the demand, 
apologised and promised that it 
wouldn't happen again. Case closed, or 
so I thought until this letter arrived 
from B, A, Egerton: 

/ am writing to you regarding tape 
based PD. Overth e last 12 months I have 
been appalled by the way tape based 
users are treated For instance, I have 
written to PD libraries enclosing SAEs 
and sometimes enclosing money and 
tapes, never to hear anything again. As 
well as being expensive it doesn't make 
the libraries look very good Fm not 
saying all libraries are like this hut this 
leads me to why I am writing to you. 

As far as I know there is only Robot 
doing tapes at the moment and after my 
last attempt to get software I shall not 
bother. I hme had software from them 
before but last time I sent them a tape, 
money, etc, and after two months had 
heard nothing, So I wrote to them three 
times enclosing SAEs and have never 
had a reply from them. Scull PD were 
just the same about 12 months ago. On 
the other hand Data PD and Demon PD 
replied to my tetters in a couple of days 
and apologised that they didn 't do tapes. 
Tony Kingsmill said that the chap who 
used to do tapes for h im m ight do 
me some tapes if I wrote to 
him, which I did and 
have heard nothing. 

I know tapes take 
time and are more 
expensive to do, but 
there're loads of 
if users, 
especially now 
there's the 464 
Plus. So 1 have set 
up my own PD 
library with the 
help of my 




daughters. It is called Egerton PD and 
it's Tape only, We have quite a lot of 
programs but could do with loads more, 
so if any of your readers could help I will 
be glad to hear from them. 

Would it be possible to use any of the 
ACU listings in the library as I have 
collected loads over the yea rs. I will send 
you some demos when they are ready. We 
all like ACU and the new format's even 
better 

Thank you for writing and sharing 
your experiences with us. I hope that 
this letter is treated seriously by all the 
libraries and this will be the last time I 
receive this type of complaint. I know it 
wo n + t but I can wish - can't I? Good luck 
and success with your new Tape only 
library and I have included your address 
at the end of the article. 

Regarding the question about using 
ACU listings as Public Domain. At the 
moment copyright is owned by ACU 
and the original author's and therefore 
cannot be released as public domain 
material Tins is being looked into as 
you read this and the situation could 
very well change in the near future. 
Watch this space for an announcement 
as soo n as a decision has been made by 

him upstairs. 

Unconfirmed reports are coming in 
that the Wacci PD club and magazine 
has closed down. Further rumours 
suggest that a re-launch is to be 
attempted by a team of (ex) members 
and contributors. The full details will 
appear when I receive them, 

And finally, Graeme Chesser has 
asked me to mention that his new 
library - 3D PD library - is now open 
for business* It wil! be disc only as it is 
operating on a 6128 Plus. Copy charge 
is only 50 pence per disc {2 
selections). His address is listed 
^ below, 

^ As usual, 111 finish off with a 
list of the libraries who have 
contacted me and sent in 
examples of their programs 
and/or a catalogue. 



If you are a public domain libraiy 
of you wish to recommend one or even 
a particular program, then I'll be 
delighted to hear from you, You can 
write to me at PD Scene, c/o Amstrad 
Computer User, Sunnyside Cottage, 
Carluddon, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 

say. 



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Grease your trigger fingers as the ACU 
crew goes back to basics with the epic 
Super Space Invaders, helps out those 
awesome dudes, the Teenage Mutant Hero 
Turtles and has a go at fisticuffs in the brutal 



Pit Fighter 




World Cup Rugby makes its appearance at last, 
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much more 



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than this little lot, ranging 



from sports action to combat 
simulation and beyond 



In short, whatever your 



tastes, von should find 
yourself catered for with this 
excellent collection* 

Starting off, you've got the 
superb, if slightly strange, 
International 3D Tennis, 
Getting used to the weird 
wire frame characters is 
going to take some time here 




Yet another blistering compilation, 
and a fairly varied batch it is too* 




but, once you have, the 
gameplay is superb and the 
choice between tournament 
and champion ship should be 
more than enough to keep 
vou hooked for hours. 

If race action is more your 
style, then Crazy Cars II 
should be right up your 
street. The aim of the game 
is to put the pedal to the metal 
in your supercharged F errari 
F4G, on the hunt for the 
corrupt cops who are running 
a stolen car racket, 

As you tear through four 
slates of America, watch out 
for the honest road cops and 
plan your route carefully. 
Check your route at all times 
and, above all, enjoy this ri]> 
roaring chase blast that'll 
blow your socks off. 

Next up is something for 

A mstrad User February 1392 



footie fans around the world, 
in the form of the superb Italy 



1990 Winners Edition 
offering, allowing you to 
change histoiy and pick your 
own team s for the World C up 



With some excellent 
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is every bit as good as the 
original and is guaranteed to 
have you sweating by half- 
time. Get used to the player 
controls anduse them wisely 
to secure the Jules Rimet 
Trophy at the end of the day, 



The final offering on this 
superb compilation, is 
MicroPro se + s Airborne 



Ranger, a combat simulation 
with a difference, 

Pick your Ranger and get 
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the most challenging 
missions you'll ever have to 
face. Choose between rookie 
and veteran and, if you 
choose to play the 
experienced hand, you can 
also lake on a series of 
missions from the campaign 
option. 

Once you've chosen your 
mission, the next job is lo 
select your weapons from the 
pod, before getting aloft for 
your first parachute drop. 

The controls are fairly 
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superb so h if you like your 
action rough and ready, give 
this one a whirl 

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ity is the name of this game and, if you don't like it, 
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to w a r d s brutal i ty and 
violence at some paint, even 
though many try to veil this 
trend behind fancy scenarios 
and outstanding graphics. 

What we have here, 
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that doesn't even bother to 
wash its hands for supper, 
after knocking somebody's 
block off that is. 

For sheer, out and out 
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won't get much better, or 
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Tli e tli ree %h te rs on offe r 
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who's black belt karate skills 
should provide you with a 
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and, finally, Buzz, an ex pro- 
wrestler who sees his way 
through duels using sheer 
brute force. 

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and make sure you have 
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Fights are won on KO 
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simply to knock hell out of 
your opponent and make 
sure that you are still standing 
at the end of the duel 

Eveiy third round, you get 
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you are playing in two player 
mode, or a computer clone of 
yourself if you entered the 
arena alone. 

At all times, look out for 
objects strewn around the 
floor, such as chests, barrels 
and sticks, which you can 
throw at your opponent to 
weaken him. Power Pills are 
also very handy if you 
manage to locate them. 

At the end of each round, 
your points are awarded, 
depending on how many 
rounds you lasted, the 
number of knock-outs you 
dealt out and , can you believe 
this, how brutal you were. 

If you're into this kind of 
thing, then no doubt you 11 
already be champing at the 
bit to go out and buy Pit- 
Fighter. OK, so it's only a hit 
of fun on the computer but 
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best in the world and the 
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mega-prizes on the 8-bit 
machines, you may be better 
off looking elsewhere to get 
your kicks. 

On the 16-bit formats, Pit- 
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Yes, the original arcade blasters have 
returned with a vengeance. Join in 
and get zapping. 



Was it really way 
back in 1978 that 
the infamous 
Space Invader first made 
their appearance In the 
arcades? Well, I for one am 
suddenly beginning to feel 
my age. Isn't it about time I 
stopped playing around with 
computer games and moved 
onto something a little more 
serious? 

NahJ Certainly not and 
especially not when it looks 
like the games mode has 
turned full circle with the 
release of this totally brilliant 



recall of the early days. 

Based very much upon the 
original Space Invaders blast, 
which swept the nation like a 
forest fire p Do mark 's Super 
Space Invaders features all of 
the riveting aspects of the 
original which so gripped us 
the first time around. 

Do you remember that 
thump-thumping as the 
aliens moved closer to your 
crumbling defences? Do you 
remember ducking out just 
in time to catch the mother 
ship at the top? Remember 
those heart-fluttering 



moments as you chased the 
last little critter across the 
screen to finish the level? 

I thought you might. 
Besides, if you don't, you 
must have had your head 
stuck in a pillow for the last 
decade! 

Taking al I of that on board, 
you're going to like what y ou 
get wheu you open up this 
little package- Designed as a 
two-player simultaneous 
shoot 'em up, your main aim, 
naturally h is to destroy the 
ad vanci ng aliens before they 
reach your home base, or 
before they destroy you* 

Shooting the mother ship 
as it flies across the top of the 
screen will afford you with 
exceedingly handy power^ 
ups for use in later levels, 
Remember, to start off with, 
you can only fire one shot at 
a time so that, if you miss t 
you have to wait for your 
missile to disappear off the 
screen before you can fire 
again. 

Very fmstrating, I know, 
but it will soon teach you to 
be more accurate. 

As you progress, the aliens 
wiL begin trying more and 
more effective battle tactics- 
In fact, there are so many 
different attack movements, 
that Domark has very kindly 
included a formation manual 
for you to study carefully* 

If you are not too sure of 
their movements, it could 
mean futile loss of life, so 
read the manual very 
carefully and try to anticipate 
the alien onslaught 

Of course, if you really 
want to do well, then you're 
going to have to brave the 



missiles and go for the 
mother ships. You really are 
going io need those extra 
weapons to succeed, 
especially on the bonus 
rounds at the end of each 
three waves. 

Here, you get two bonus 
combat options, which will 
appear at random without 
giving you any choice in the 
matter, The first is a battle to 
the death with an End Of 
Level Guardian. 

The guardians really are 

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tough mothers, so if you 
haven't managed to pick up 
at least double, if not treble, 
shot power ups along the 
way, you probably won't do 
too well 

Remember, each of the 
guardians has a weak spot 
Pick it out and blast hell for 
leather at it to succeed. 

The alternative bonus 
round consists of a running 
battle to stop your cattle 
being herded up by the alien 
scum. Race across the 
screen, zapping all of the alien 
saucers and keeping an eye 
on your cattle as the aliens 
attempt to kid nap them using 
tractor beams. 

You 'll know when a kidnap 
is about to take place as the 
cow in question starts zipping 
irom left to right For higher 
bonus points, let the saucer 
take the cow up some 
distance before zapping it 

Super Space Invaders is 
not just about all out blasting. 
If you watch the garneplay 
very carefully as you 
progress, you will start to 
notice certain patterns 



occurring. For instance, 
there is certainly a pattern 
that determines which 
weapon is dropped by the 
mother ship. Work it out to 
make sure you get the best 
offensive weaponry. 

At certain stages, you will 
also be aware of the hidden 
levels. Be careful on entering 
these cold + as you might not 
get too much of a chance to 
work out the alien battle 
strategy, 

On other levels, the aliens 
will not only change 
formation, but they will start 
to expand as well, just to make 



matters even more difficult 
for you. Some of these levels 
will see them expanding into 
doubles, or even triples, 
making shooting them twice 
as tricky. 

On these levels, it is best 
to stop the expansion before 
it starts, by shooting out 
alternate columns, This way, 
the aliens cannot link up, 
allowing you to then pick off 
the remaining scum at a 
fractionally more leisurely 
pace. 

What more can I say? This 
is one blast that is guaranteed 
to sell like hot cakes. Be sure 
to read both of the game 
manuals carefully before 
launching yourself into the 
attack, although if you fancy 
taking a shot in the dark and 
trusting to luck and intuition, 
it certainly will not distract 
from your enjoyment of the 
game* 

Enjoyment is what it is all 
about. The thrill of the chase, 
the atmosphere, the 
nailbitmg tension as the 
aliens get closer and start 
speeding up, It's all there. If 
you love Spacelnvaders + then 
this has got to be your next 
purchase. The graphics are 
excellent and the sound 
effects are pretty smart as 
well. 

So, it just goes to show that 
the simplest games give the 
most satisfaction. Since the 
original blast hit the streets, 
we have had a decade of 
Space Invader clones and 
copies of other original 
blasts, so it is quite refreshing 
to see a games house un- 
ashamedly admitting that if 
you can't beat them, join 
then]. Wei! done Do mark, 
this one will be big. 

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sylvan i an castle, on the 
hunt for your lost Viking 
comrades. 

You may have been 
washed ashore in your 
Longboat, but this otic is 
certainly no washout, 
featuring plenty of arcade 
adventure and bundles of fun 
along the way. Again, this 
one is great fun and 
gu aranteed to h ook you from 
the very start. 

The other new release is a 
tremendous offering called 
Slightly Magic* Here, you 
must take on the role of the 
novice magician, solving 
puzzles a plenty and leaping 
from platform to platform, to 
try and put an end to the 
chaos in Bigwiz the wizard's 




The Codies have done it again. Yet 
more brain teasing action than you can 
handle in one big bundle* 

Here's something that one of the new blasts, 
looks set to take the Seymour at the Movies, 
charts bv storm, Featuring a 0f£ftvlike 



I — I looks set to take the 

X A charts by storm, 
unless Tm very much 
mistaken. Five excellent 
Code Masters blasts, three 
of them never seen before on 
the CPC format, coming 
together to make a superb 
all-round package of 
entertainment. 
Starting the ball rolling is 



Seymour at the Movies. 
Featuring a Dizzytike 
formula! the aim of this game 
is to help podgy Seymour 
make his way through the 
Hollywood studios and into 
his first starring role as a 
mega-star. 

As you can imagine, there 
is a whole host of puzzles and 
conundrums to solve, not to 




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mention the vast arrav of 
objects that need to be picked 
up and used at crucial 
moments. This is a real gem 
of a game and should do 
blindingly well as a release in 
its own right. 

Next we have the 
inimitable Little Puj? y who is 
off to Dragonland to further 
his adventures. If you know 
Utile Puff, then youll like 
this one, as he desperately 
tries to find his way home 
through the hostile 
environmem Brilliant 
cartoon fun and totally 
addictive. 

The next new release is 
Spike in Transylvania, which 
seesyou, as the hero, battling 
through the spooky 



The only problem is that 
you are only a novice and* as 
the title says, only slighl ly 
magic, so don't be alarmed 
when things don't go quite 
as you want them to. 
Excellent fun and a 
guaranteed success as an 
individual release. 

I^st up on this superbly 
era lied Codies' compilation, 
is the original Dizzy itself If 
this one has not been played 
by every CPC game lover by 
now, then there must be 
something seriously wrong, 

A landmark in gaming 
when it originally hit the 
streets, this brilliant blast is 
every bit as fresh as it was 
back then and is guaranteed 
to raise laughter, as well as 
tears of frustration. 

Each of the games feature 
the usual Code Masters 
colours and style t making for 
brilliant gamepiay and great 
fun to boot. Try it and you'll 
see what I mean. 

Jim Johnson 




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Educational gaming for the very young gets a boost from Triple R. 



Featuring four very 
different programs for 
the two to five year old 
age group, Triple R's Picture 
Book offeririg is the first in a 
new series of educational 
games that looks set to 
become firm favourites with 
both children and adults 



fit over the computer keys to 
show only lowercase letters* 
Switching on the game, 
you are then offered a choice 
of sticking to the original 
Qwerty set-up, or altering the 
key configuration to 
alphabetical. Asimple device 
it may be P but it really does 



pictur 




alike. 

Before we go into the 
programs featured on the 
disc/tape, the first novelty 
suppl i ed with the game is the 
special keyboard overlay 
option, 

As children learn lower 
case letters before upper 
case, the overlays (there are 
two of them) are designed to 



do the trick to make keyboard 
operation for youngsters a 
doddle, 

Moving onto the programs 
themselves, there are four to 
choose front, offering 
excellent tuition in the 
rudiments of spelling and 
counting. 

First of all* the child is 
asked to pick a letter from 



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3 = count 'em $ 

4 = spell it M 

5 = stop! 



the alphabet, corresponding 
to a picture which appears on 
the screen w Alphabet Book 
For example, C is for Cat. 
There is also a neat picture- 
size changing option to add 
to the fun* 

Spell It does exactly what 
itsays.kids spell the object in 
the picture. Get it wrong and 
the computer gives clues to 
lead the child to the correct 
answer, a happy tune, and 
the smiling clown. Excellent 
stuff. 

Moving on* the next 
program. Count 'em, allows 
the child to count the number 
of objects on screen and then 
enter the amount through the 
keyboard* Again, rewarding 
tunes greet the correct 
answer. 

Last, but by no means least, 
the Snap program gives the 



child the chance to spot 
identical pictures, pictures 
and words or pictures and 
corresponding letters. 

With the option for up to 
th ree children playing at any 
one time. Picture Book is a 
superb opportunity for kids 
to learn together and have 
fun. Featuring various 
difficulty levels, children will 
soon get the hang of the 
alphabet, as well as numbers 
up to nine, making an idea) 
start to the learning process 
before graduating to other 
offerings in the Triple R 

series. 

The graphics are bright 
and clear, the controls are 
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OPERATION 
THUNDERBOLT 
If you are a serious shootie 
freak, then you'll no doubt 
have experienced the thrill 
of Operation Thunderbolt 
already. If you haven't, then 
youVe missed a real treat. 

Aimed at those people who 
just can't get enough trigger 
action, this little blast takes 
you through some of the 
most awesome combat 
missions on the market and 
guarantees jam-packed 
action all the way. 

Armed primarily with your 
sub-machine gun and 
grenades, your task is 
basically Lo blast everything 
that gets b your way, from 
foot patrols, through 
armoured infantry trucks and 
tanks, to airborne gunships. 
If your bullets don't get them , 
then your grenades will 

Be warned* however, as 
you only have limited 
firepower, D on't go too G ung 
Ho to start with, otherwise 
you'll be left high and dry in 
the midst of raging gunfire. 




Use your ammo sparingly 
and take out the artillery 
before the soldiers, as they 
can inflict more damage. 

As you progress, don't 
forget to shoot the crates as 
they parachute to the ground 
and pick up any power ups 
that you find, Believe me, 
you'll need them all if you 
want to survive. 

All in all, Operation 
Tli li nderbolt boasts excellent 
graphics, realistic sound 
effects and more trigger 
action than you can handle. 
As a one- or two-player blast, 



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youll find it hard to better 
this offering in the combat 

stakes, 

DRAGON SPIRIT 
Staying in the blasting mode, 
Dragon Spirit offers just as 
much opportunity to grease 
your trigger finger, but it 
features a slightly more 
imaginative storyline. 

In short, the beautiful 
Princess Alicia has been 
kid napped by the evil serpent 
demon Zawell. Who's going 
to rescue her? You, of course, 
in the form of a mighty fire 
breathing, bomb dropping 
dragon. 

Sounds fun, doesn't it? 
Well, you're right From the 
very start, getting used to the 
controls is fairly easy, while 
blasting your adversaries out 
of the sky is pure joy . 

On each of the eight 
different levels, there are 
plenty of baddies to take out 
and, to start with, progress is 
fairly easy. However, if you 
wantto get past the guardians 
at the end of each level, you'll 
need to collect as many power 
ups as you can. 

To do this, you must shoot 
the glowing creatures and 
collect the eggs that they 
drop. Depending on the egg, 
you can expect such goodies 
as increased firepower, or 
even an extra fire breathing 
head if youVe lucky. 

To bring in a little strategy p 
each of the guardians has a 
weakness that you should 
determine before attack, 
although, lo be fair, if you've 
collected enough power ups, 
sheer firepower should see 
you comfortably through the 
first few levels. 

Vi ewe d from above , 
Dragon Spirit features some 



fairly smart graphics and you 
won't find it too difficult to 
get hooked on. 

If you like your shooties 
with that little extra, youll 
find Dragon Spirit well worth 
the purchase. Plenty of action 
and some neat backdrops to 
create an excellent all-round 
offering. 




CHASE HQ 

Woah! The heat is on! This is 
one offering that kept the 
ACU crew away from their 
desks for a long, long time 
when it came out on the full- 
price label. 

Fortunately, none of the 
non-stop action and high- 
speed chase excitement has 
been lost during the porting 
over to the budget label so 
that, what you have here, is a 
totally brilliant offering that 
is guaranteed to have you 
drooling over your keyboard 
from the very start. 

As members of the elite 
SCI (Special Criminal 
Investigation) squad, your 
task is to chase and 
apprehend high speeding 
perps in your supercharged 
Porsche 928> 

As soon as Nancy at HQ 
delivers the message, get 
your wheels screeching and 
head off on the hunt In all, 
you have 60 seconds to catch 
each of the perpetrators and 
then another 60 to ram them 
off the road. 

That's right, the only way 
to stop the perps is to 
demolish their vehicle, so get 
to it Every time you ram the 
vehicle, the damage points 
mount up and, if you manage 



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Amstrad User February 1992 



to hit them enough times 
within the limit, youVe done 
the job. 

I^ook out for other traffic 
on the roads, as they'll only 
slow you down and make 
good use of your limited 
turbo blasts to narrow the 
distance between yourself 
and the criminals. 

Chase HQ has got to be 
one of the best driving games 
of all time. As a one or two 
player offering, the gameplay 
is totally out of this world, 
not to mention completely 
gripping. 

Rem ember, practice 
makes perfect* You're 
certainly not going to wipe 
up on your first attempt but, 
oh yes 5 you're going to keep 
coming back for more until 
you do, 

Excellent graphics, neat 
crash sound effects and an 
absolute Joy to play. Get it! 



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XYBOTS 

It seems like we're back in 
blasting mode again here. Oh 
well, never mind, Shooties 
always seem to do well 
around Christmas time and, 
if the full-price performance 
of this beauty is anything to 
go by P this one should shoot 
up the charts very quickly, 

As Major Rock Hardy and 
Captain Ace Gunn, this two- 
player blast takes you down 
into the subterranean 
fortress of the master Xybot 
and his cronies, who are 
threatening to take over the 
world and do nasty things to 
us humans. 

As you enter the mazelike 
corridor complex of the 




fortress, cock your laser gun 
and be prepared to do some 
serious damage, before the 
xybots do the same to you, 

Making good use of the 
transporters, your task is to 
find the exit elevator to take 
you to the next level. 
However, you'll need to 
despatch with a few baddies 
first and also pick up a few 
energy pods P keys and coins 
to improve your playing 
power. 

Complete a level and you 
can spend your booty in the 
special armoury ship, buying 
extra Zap power to stun your 
opponents, extra laser 
cannons, or even a very 
handy enemy mapper, 
enabling you to trace the 
xybots* movements at all 
times. 

At the end of certain levels, 
you will have to take on the 
Master Xybot in a one-to-one 
duel. Victory will mean 
advancement to the next 
stage. Lose, and you'll be 
bumped back down a few 
levels, This can be very 
frustrating, but it will 
certainly fuel your resolve to 
get him the next time around. 

Again, Xybots is very 
cleverly thought out and 



offers superb blasting power 
against some smart back- 
drops and very different 
opponents* 

This one is quite a toughie^ 
but getting through to the 
final levels is certainly 
rewarding and,, if you like to 
put a little effort into your 
blasting, Xybots could well 
be the offering for you. 

SEYMOUR GOES TO 
HOLl^WOOD 
Well, you certainly couldn't 
get further away from 
shooties with this little bash 
from the Codies' stable. Who, 
or rather what, is Seymour 
then? 

I suppose you could call 
him something of a slug. Hie 
certainly looks like one. 
However, this is no ordinary 
slug. No, this one Is hellbent 
on beluga superstar and that, 
of course, is why he's tu rned 
up in Hollywood, on the trail 



of his first starring role in 
Tinsel Town. 

Tliis is no shoo tie and, if 
you want to make it through 
the staggering 96 belting 
screens of Seymour, youVe 
going to need every ounce of 
your grey cells to succeed. 

LMzzylikem its appearance 
it may be, but Seymour is an 
instantly likeable character 
and the gameplay itself is 
sizzling from the very 
beginning. 

Your first task, naturally, 
is to get yourself into the 
studios . Tricky when nobody 
recognises you for the star 
that you are. Gel yourself a 
pair of darkglasses, however, 
and you could pass off for 
any of the major stars arou nd , 
like Harrison Ford f or even 
Twiggy! 

As you've probably 
guessed by now F Seymour is 
jampacked with all of the 
puzzles and tricks of the 
Diz^y games, featuring a 
whole host of objects to 
collect and then work out how 
best to make use of them. In 
true Codies' tradition, this 
budget blast is bulging with 
colour, great graphics, 
superb soundtrack and P of 
course, frightentngJy good 
gameplay. 

Use your noodle to work 
out the trickier conundrums 
and, basically, make sure that 
Seymour gets where he 
should rightfully be + in top 
billing position. 

If you like Code Masters 
games, or Dizzy \ or anything 
that makes you think, then 
Seymour is an absol ute must. 
Great fun to play and 
ent to look at T this is a 



top priority for your next 
purchase- 
Also included in the 
f o r th co mi ng C a r to o n 
Collection to boot, it looks 
like Seymour has a big future 
lined up for him. 

Jim Johnson 




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PUTTING A LABEL ON IT 



Do you have mislaid disc problems? Not any more, as Alan Scully 
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T abelmaker is a utility from 
I Goldmark Systems designed to 
enable rapid design and repro- 
duction of 3 and 3.5 rr disc labels. Just 
think, no more unreadable writing on 
discs . ■ ■ this program could change 
your life!? 

Labelmaker supports a vast array of 
printers and even has specialist drivers 
fortheDMPs and Qtoh M8510, as well 
as the standard Epson driver for print- 
ers such as the Star LC-10. 

While designing your own labels you 
can save and re-bad at any time. This 
allows you to build up a library of fa- 
vourite labels, if you wish. All labels are 
saved as standard 17K mode 2 screens, 
lli is means that they can be loaded 
into art packages to add more advanced 
graphics to them, The Advanced Art 
Studio is ideal for this. 

Commands in the editor are split 



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into two groups, those for 3" and those 
for S.5 !l . f n most cases, the commands 
are the same for both labels with only a 
few changing. 

3 1 Labels 

Each label side consists of 10 lines 
each of 38 characters. Each line is indi- 
cated by a bar- marker to the left of the 



label window, lines are selected using 
the up/down cursor keys, which will 
move the bar-marker to the required 
tine. Pressing (ENTER) allows you to 
enter text into the selected line. 

An optional title occupying the top 
two lines is available. This allows up to 
19 double-height, double-width char- 
acters to be entered. There is also a 
centre line (for the spine of the disc) 
which allows up to 18 characters to be 
entered. 

Text can be placed on each l ine in up 
to four different ways. 

(A) Using RETURN on its own justi- 
fies text to the left of the line and leaves 
any text /graphic on the rest of the line 
intact 

(B) Using CTRL plus RETURN will 
centralise the text on the line and leave 
any text/graphic either side intact. 

(C) Using SHIFTplus RETURN will 
centralise the text on the line and will 
delete any text/graphic either side. 

(D) Using CTRL plus SHIFT plus 
ENTER will Justify text to the left of the 
tine and will delete any text/graphic to 
the end of the line. 



Ten extra fonts are supplied, these 
are selected by typing F and the re- 
quired number or F and RETURN to 
select the normal CPC font. 

Other commands include: Invert la- 
bel, to edit the other side; Outline 
Toggle, which draws/erases the label 
outline; Save and Load, 

Obviously the most important part 
of the program is the printing- This is 
fairly fast, however as the print head 
makes only one pass, the quality suffers. 
Although speed is important, a quality 
option would have been nice. The only 
way to get a reasonable print is to use 
an over-inked ribbon but this usually 
smudges the print. 



3-5 1 Labels 

Almost all the commands for produc- 
ing 3. 5 1 1 labels are the same as those for 
3 rr labels, with two exceptions. 

(A) The Invert command now prints 
the write protect message and has been 
renamed to Initialist Label 

(B) The command for editing the 
Centre line has been removed. 

Hie only other difference is that the 
number of text lines have been in- 
creased from 10 to 18. 

Verdict 

For what it does, Labelmaker does it 
well. The missing high-quality print 
lets the program down badly. How- 
ever, if you're looking for a disc label 
program, then Labelmaker is probably 
the only commercial one available and 
as such, is the one to get! 



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Amstratt User February 1392 



Page 41 




Modulation Blues 

Doc Watson sorts out a juicy MP-2 problem 
before tackling the rest of this month's posers. 



Here we are again - another 
month, another applications 
column, it appears that quite a 
few of you have made a new year's 
resolution to write in to ACC, as -we've 
got a b u mper crop of letters th is month. 
So enough of these stalling tactics and 
on with the show... 

Telly Addict 

A square-eyed Hugh Hemmer hailing 
from Stone on Trent writes: 

"My question concerns the modulator/ 
power sup ply model MP-2. Ifeei sure tha t 
lots of people > like me, bought their 
CPC6128 with mom monitor, because 
for serious work Mode 2 k essential 
and no matter what colour combination 
was used, the colour monitor's definition 
was fust not good enough. However, for 
games, colour is very desirable so one 
bought the MP-2 to plug into the house 
TV. 

But even after very careful tuning of a 
good TV r th e result rea lly isn J f satisfactory 
and the MP-2's stability is downright 
poor I know there has been a further 
update of the unit but (a) once bitten, 
twice shy and (b) you cannot get them 
anyway. 

So, here is the question: can someone 
guide us through a relatively simple 
modification which would improve the 
performance of MP-2, especially its 
instability?" 

Unfortunately Hugh, the MP-2 is 
never going to give the soil, of clarity 
thai a colour monitor can pro vide - 
colours may appear a little washed out 
and images could be slightly fuzzy 
around the edges, 

Having said this, the MP-2's output 
is generally acceptable and the units 
I've seen working have not suffered 
from instability so yours may therefore 
have some sort of electrical fault A 
good TV engineer should be able to 
perform the necessary tests. 

Page 42 



As for 'modifying* MP-2s, my advice 
would be to leave well alone, I daresay 
that* as usual, numerous improvements 
could be made to Amstead's design t 
but you'd end up having to manufacture 
a n ew PC B and build on it from scratch . 
If your TV is of good quality and is 
reasonably modern then a far better 
solution exists - a SCART lead. A TVs 
SCART socket provides direct access 
to its red/green/blue electron guns, 
bypassing its decoding circuitry, thus 
eliminating the need for a modulator. 
You will, in effect, be using your TV as 
a colour monitor! 

. CPC-SCART leads can (or at least, 
could) be purchased from numerous 
mail order suppliers, but if you have 
trouble obtaining one why not make 
vour own. All you need is a 6-pin DIN 
plug, a £l-pin SCART (or Petite!) plug, 
and some cable. The Maplin Electron ics 
codes for these items are HH29G, 
FJ41U and XS42V respectively. Si: 
connect the following pins: 



DIN Plug 
lto 



SCART Plug 

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11 

7 

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You may also like to connect some 
330ohm resistors in series with the 
red, green and blue video signals to 
further improve the picture. 

If all works correctly then why not 
incorporate the CPC's audio output as 
well? Insert a 3.5mm stereo jack plug 
into your computer and make the 
following connections: 



Jack Plug 
Stereo I^eft 
Stereo Right 
Audio Ground 



SCART 

6 
2 



Hearing your CPC in glorious stereo 
really does make the world of 
difference! 

Of course, you will still need your 
MP s (or green monitor) to provide the 
correct power supply. Because the 
above cable will only cost about £3 to 
make I should forget about repairing 
the modulator altogether! Good Luck. 



Post Graduate 

The ever-helpful John Hudson lias 
written in again with some more useful 
CP/M advice: 

^Regarding Les Taylor's query about 
mixing the Graduate CP/M ROM t a 
silicon disk and a 3.5 ' drive (November 
1991), there is no theoretical problem - 
when CP/M is loaded, whether from 
RQMorfrom disk, thedrive specifications 
are placed in hanked RAM and CP/M+ 
always looks fo r th em th ere f n of in ROM. 
All the programs like RAMDQS+ which 
allow the use of 3.5" or 5,25" disks alter 
the specifications held in banked RAM. 

However, ha ving used the com bina tion 
vety happily for a couple of years, I have 
had occasional corruption of files during 
transfers between drives C: andB: when 
using ordinary programs like a word- 
processor, database, etc. presumably 
because the read/ write speeds of the two 
drives are so different 

My solution is to work with either C: or 
B: as much as possible and use PIP wi 



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the [v] (for 'verify') switch to do all 
important copying between C: and B: - 
exiting programs to make copies takes 
slightly longer but I load PIP into drive 
C: when I switch on the machine so it 
runs faster anyway, * 

Well Mr Hudson, what can 1 say? 
Once more Ym indebted to you and I 
know that Les Taylor will also greatly 
appreciate your letter. Thanks again. 

Plus or Minus? 

Surely > being the proud owner of a new 
6128+ should be a happy experience? 
Improved design, a cartridge port, 
better connectors, more colourful 
games - a definite plus. John Clark 
from Northants describes the more 
negative side: 

"As one of the many purchasers of the 
new-improved CPC, the 6128+, Fm 
becoming increasingly wo tried abou t th e 
small selection of games, accessories 
and other weird and wonderful 



Amstrad User February 1992 



contraptions thought of/or ihenow-fading 
VldCPC\ that haven't yet been converted 
for use on the plus range. For instance, 
OCR's Advanced Art Studio, Come on 
guys, we have bought the new car - it's 
fust a shame that not enough people sell 
the petrol it runs on! How much longer 
do I have to wait for the above?" 

1 can quite understand your feelings 
John, and I bet you're not the only 
disgruntled 'plus' owner out there. It's 
a real shame that these machines, 
which essentially represent the 
pinnacle of 8- bit home computer 
technology, do not enjoy wider support. 
The problem of course t is that they 
were introduced rather late in the day, 
at a time when the commercial 
bandwagon had rolled on to pastures 
new (and with an extra eight bits) . One 
can only dream of what might have 




happened if Amstrad had produced 
these machines back in 1984. Most 
C PC-related businesses seem more 
interested in shifting stocks of existing 
products rather than developing new 
ones (Peter Brunning is one obvious 
exception to this, bless his little cotton 
socks). 

Of course, the vast majority of CPC 
softw T are will work on the plus mac hines 
with little or no modification. 
Unfortunately, it's very often the 
remaining few programs that people 
are interested in e.g. OCP Advanced 
Studio, and Fm afraid the news here 
isn't good. The various people I spoke 
to had no firm release date, and one or 
two weren't even sure if a plus 
conversion was being worked onl Ah 
well, that's the way it goes, 

Quite honestly, Fm surprised more 
cartridges haven't been released, if only 
intended for the GX4000 console, UK 
games producers have plenty of 
experience in writing CPC code, so 
why didn't they bother to convert some 
of their vast catalogue of titles h let alone 
develop some new ones? The answer 
has to be poor sales. The GX4000 lacks 
the sort of 'street cred' that Nintendo 
and Sega have built up t and is therefore 
unable to break their stranglehold. As 
is often the way in the computer world, 
it's not always the technically superior 
machines that win - if they did, the 
IBM PC probably wouldn't be around! 

The situation is summed up by the 
fact that the only specific *plus h 
peripheral to be released is an edge- 
connector gadget allowing it to use 
C PC add-ons , Its rather i ron ic that plu s 
owners should have to pay more just 
for the privilege of using inferior 
connectors. 



Serial Killer 

On a lighter note, here's a long letter 
from your friend and mine, Keith 
Sterrow of Southall in Middlesex: 

"Dear 'Doctor Watson', I hope you will 
excuse the in verted commas I ha ve placed 
around your name, but I note in Amstrad 
Computer User a certain coyness when it 
comes to crediting its writers by their full 
names (Hairy Hacker, DM, Ziggy t Doc 
Watson -AKA Doc Wilson in the October 
'91 issue - to NOT name but a few!) T 
much lesspublishingphotograplis of them 
occasionally. I begin to suspect, if a touch 
fancifully t that the entire magazine is 
actually written single-handedly by one 
gifted and extremely industrious 
computer journalist! 

In any event y I should like to thank you 
for your recent mention on my enquiry 
about Supercalc2, and to thank Mr John 
Hudson who I have written to directly. 

Encouraged by having had my query 
taken up in your column, I should much 
app reciate yo u r further h elp with another 
problem. In a nutshell: by what reasonably 
cheap and straightforward method can I 
use the most powerful word processing 
package I possess, Brunword Elite, with 
a serial printer (a Ricoh fAp tec Flo writer 
RPISQQdaisywheeD? 

Brunword Wlite is designed for use 
with a dot matrix printer only - so, one 
might ask t why TRY to use it with a daisy 
wheel printer? Apart from the much 
higher speed of response, the main 
advantage would be the use user-definable 
single-character embedded printer 
command codes - in extreme contrast to 
the word processor in Mini Office //, 
which 1 currently use with the RF1600, 
that requires every printer command to 
be inserted in fuli I fully understand thai 
much of Bmnword s flexibility could not 
be exploited on a diasy wheel printer, 
nonetheless, for certain professional 
applications this is the printer I need to 

USCm 

My setup is a KDS 8-bit printer port 
(substituting Brunning's special 
connector when using B, Elite) 
connecting the 6128s printer port to my 
9-p in prin ter. The Flo writer is connected 
to the expansion port of the 6128, via an 
Amstrad RS232 (by PACE) interface, 
litis is quite a convenient arrangement 
as both printers can be left connected to 
the computer. To enable use of the 
Fiowriterlopen the RS232 link with the 
RSX\COPEN' followed by VPRINT,2> 
to divert the 6128*$ printer port output to 
the expansion port, Tliis permits use 
with MiniOffice II but unfortunately it 
does network with Brunword Elite, which 
both resets the computer on being RUN 
a n d, fkrtk er, has no facility for giving the 




special Ba r com mands from w ith in it to 
use the RS232 channel Of course, Fve 
n o do u bt I could use B. Elite indirectly by 
creating an ASCII file with it and using 
separate software to print it; but this 
would take time and would hardly be 
worth the trouble as, I expect, R Elite's 
user defined codes could then not be 
used.* 

Phew! I think I Ve got all that! As for 
ACU being written by just one 
journalist, Chris Knight said: (alters 
voice & changes hat) "Definitely not!** 
while Hairy Hacker commented: 
(liberally applies designer stubble) 
"Most Unlikely!", so there I . . er . , er 
have it. The sight of half a dozen ACU 
journalists all cramming into one tiny 
photo kiosk (well, were not made of 
money Keith) would not be a pretty 
one, so you can imagine what the 
resulting photo would look like! 

Now onto the more serious part of 
your letter. Getting Brunword Elite to 
direct its output to your RS232 interface 
is indeed a challenge, IVe a sneaking 
suspicion that because of its own 8-bit 
port, B. Elite's printing routines are not 
going to relinquish control willingly. 
Were you going to use Protext (my 
personal favourite) or Tasword then 
you could simply execute the necessary 
RSXs from within these programs, or 
insert them into their startup files. If 
this were not possible then it would he 
a simple matter to run a small machine 
code patch program beforehand but, 
as you yourself point out, B.Elite resets 
the computer when RUN. 

Another possibility is to force ihe 
printer port's output onto one pin and 
use this as a crude serial signal, but 
unfortunately this also requires an initial 
patch to be run. My final idea is to 
devise a piece of circuitry to take the 
resulting parallel output from the 
printer port, and turn it into serial form. 
Not the easiest of solutions and 
definitely last resort material, It really 
is a shame thai Brunword can't be just 
a little more flexible. 

Armed with a disk sector editor, it 
may be possible to track down the piece 
of code that does the printing and 
modify it - this now increases the 
number of last resorts to two! 

I shall endeavour to contact Peter 
Brunning to see if an easier solution 
exists, and update the situation next 
month, In the meantime, if any 
seasoned B.Elite users think they can 
help then why not write in and get all 
the glory. 

That's about it for this time, Keep 
those letter/ suggestions flooding in to 
the usual address and Til see you all 
next month with another batch of 
problems. 



Amstrad User February 1992 



Page 43 




UNDERGROUND 
READING REVISITED 

Alan Scully makes some new additions to the Fanzine lists 



Virus 

C/o Church Green, Shorehanvby-Sea, 
W + Sx BN43 6JQ 
Price: £1 plus A5 SSAE 
Virus is an excellent name for a compu- 
ter magazine, but the strange thing is, 
it has absolutely nothing to do with 
computers! Virus is the brain-storm of 
a certain female called Jo, an ardent Vic 
Reeves fan (yoti can tell this by the fact 
that she actually had tickets for hig live 
performances!). Issue 1 doesn't really 
contain much in its 24 pages although 
for a first attempt at a magazine it's 
quite good . Four of the pages are taken 
up by Jo*s story about first meeting Bob 
and Vic. six by photography and an- 
other four by an interview with Bob. 
The other ten pages contain information 
such as tour dates, details of the official 
fan club and special offers (eg, Vic and 
Bob keyrings and mirrors). There's 
also a run down of magazines that Vic 
and Bob have appeared in. 

If you're a BNO fan then you should 
find Virus quite interesting, otherwise 
you're a boring sod who wouldn't know 
humour if it was invited to a tea party 
with Les (oooooonly joking* * ♦). 

A-QK 

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Price: £1 bi-monthly 

Last time, I reviewed eight magazines 

in UtL, all of a reasonably high quality. 



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Unfortunately I can't say the same for 
A-OK 

While the magazine does contain 
some interesting articles it is let down 
by presentation. Produced using Page 
Publisher and Stop Press, A-OK suffers 
from faded print, bad page design and 
bad layout Dotted through the maga- 
zine are handwritten 
comments, these don't 
exactly add class to the 
magazine. In fact A-OK 
has broken all the rules 
you are taught when you 
take a City and Guilds in 
DTP! 

If the above doesn't 
distract you too much 
then you may find quite a 
few interesting articles 
lurking within A-OK p s 
pages. The magazine 
covers everything from 
hardware to games to PD 
to serious software to 
listings, if s just a matter 
of finding the articles in 
the first place. 

A-OK is one of those 
fanzines that looks terrih 
hie, but makes slightly 
better reading. With a 
vast improvement on 
style and layout A-OK 
would be a challenger to 
the other zines on offer, 
but as it isyou*d be better 
one of the others. 



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Hey, this isn'tfair, you're plugging your 
own fanzine again I hear you mumble 
in a furious tone, This update is sup- 
posed to be for new stuff. Ok, so I'm 
plugging my own 'zine again, but for a 
good reason, it is no longer being 
printed! Instead it is now available on 
Disk. The new disk-zine contains even 
more than before, and issue 7 (the first 
on disk) comes with a free Basic com- 
piler that is actually better than the 
commercial equivalent (according to 
the reviews) , I won't say much more 
about the disk-zine, just that issue 7 
comes out on the 1 Oth of December. 



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Amstrad User February 1992 



45 



TT Ve had a pretty exceptional time 
I lately, what with fending off 
A unwanted Crimble pressies and 
trying to grab a few hours of 
undisturbed playing time on my 
favourite machine, 

It's always the same, isn't it? You 
open up your parcels and inside yon find 
loads of games goodies that you Just 
can't wait to ram Into your disc /tape 
drive, but what happens? 

That's right, you're not allowed to be 
unsociable at Christmas, because the 
family is coming around and going up to 
play computer games is just downright 
rude, isn't it? 

Ah well, hopefully all the to do has 
died down now f allowing you to get on 
and try for the high scores in peace. 
With that in mind T here's a little 
something special for openers, to help 
you to do just that on one of this year's 
biggest Crimble hits. Turtles 2. 

Now then, to make the most of this 
excellent keypress cheat, what you 
need to do is get on to the stage where 
you choose your two turtles, Pick any 
ones you fancy and then move on to the 
key define option. Select define and 
then redefine the keys as C,H,E AT. 
That done, when asked to confirm this 
selection, press N for no and then 
redefine your keys any way you like ; for 
joystick or board, 

This done, you should be able to 
advance fairly swiftly through the levels 
and get even further towards the 
showdown in theTechnodrome. 

How's that for starters? Not bad, eh? 
Anyway, staying on the old keypress 
theme, here are afew more to whetyour 
whistles. Remember Loudhailer Goose 
and Pitiful Lobsters? Vou don't? Well, 
they are the exceptional codes for Agent 
XII, which we printed in an earlier 
edition, To rou nd this one off nicely, try 
typing in THE CHANGE GOT RAINED 
ON, which just happens to be the entry 
level code for part four, 

If you liked the others, then thi s one 
should help you out a treat. Moving on, 
does anybody outthere remember the 
golden oldie from Amsoft, The Galactic 
Bogus ? If you do, then typing in ASTRO 
while you are playing the game should 
help to advance you a level or two. 

Last, but by no means least, in this 
month's little keypress foray, are a 
couple of goodies for Deliverance- The 
password for level two is RZSPWEES. 

Sorry, no clues as to what it means, 
but it certainly does the trick, as does 
RBEPWEUJ for level three. 

We'll take a slight pause here, for all 
you keypressers to get to work. . . OK, 
ail done? Right then, we'll move on 
again r this time into the world of 
Multifkce owners, 



THE CHEAT 

ZONE 



This time, Daniel Prest has been 
hard at work again, conjuring up some 
of hi s old magic on a variety of games, 
including a couple of golden oldies for 
you games hoarders, 

Here goes: 



must smash the crate to get the axe. 
Now go West and board the wreck. In 
the Captain's cabin you must examine 
the seaweed to find a cupboard, Julian 
must chop at it to open it and the lock 
will shatter. Take out the wooden box 



GAME 


ADDRESS 


POKE 


EFFECT 


Deliverance (ptl) 


&1131 


&00 


Infinite lives 


Deliverance (pt2) 


&1137 


&00 


u « 


Deliverance (pt3) 


&1134 


&00 


a « 


TourDe Force 


&33D6 ' 


&00 


Infinite Cycles 


Triaxos 


&5B94 


&00 


Infinite Tune 


Triaxos 


&7322 


&00 


In finite Ammo 


Mask 2 


&169D 


&00 


Infinite Fuel 


Cybernoid 


&2BAE 


&00 


Infinite Lives 


Cybemoid 


&1A0D 


&0O 


Infinite Weapons 


DrWho (Mines of Terror) 


&0OD4 




Infinite Regenerations 


Cauldron 2 


&1C90 


&00 - 


Infinite lives 



Boot that little lot up and see how much 
more damage you can cause. Thanks, 
Daniel, 111 see if we can't dig up a little 
reward for your efforts. 

Before we move on, I've received a 
small missive from a Mr Cartwright of 
Caerphilly (sounds a bit cheesy to me) r 
concerning a lack of pokes for Auf 
Wiederseken Monty. Have we really 
overlooked this mighty offering? If we 
have* I am truly sorry and shall start 
hunting around immediately to rectify 
this problem. Meanwhile, if somebody 
already has some belting pokes for this 
awesome blast, then let me know and I 
shall certainly make sure they get a 

mention. 

Onwards, ever onwards, this time to 
the adventuring domain, Our little 
outing to Famous Five land proved so 
popular with you readers, that I am 
forced to divulge a few more of the 
secrets involved in Five on a Treasure 
Island 

So, brace yourselves and let's go, 
Now then, once you have warmed 
yourself up and eaten on Kirrin island, 
you will need to investigate the 
shipwreck on the rocks, First of all, 
however, you must find the axe, which 
is hidden in a crate in the cave. To do 
this, go to the Eastern tip of the island. 
Examine the heather to find a tree 
stump. Tie the rope to the tree stump 
and lower the rope down the hole to get 
down- 
Once there, either Julian or Dick 



and get George to row you all back 
home. 

Next P go to Uncle Quentm*s study 
and examine the shelves. Read one of 
the books and then go up into the attic 
with the box. Open the narrow window 
and throw the box down onto the crazy 
paving. When you get back down there, 
Quentin will take the box into his study, 
Now you must wait until you hear him 
snoring, take out the box and open it. 
Read the map and take it out of the 
study- 
After this, Quentin will take it away 
from you and, shortly afterwards, sell 
the box and all of the contents to a 
stranger* 

Got all that? Well, this is where the 
action really starts hotting up and, if you 
want to know any more goodies about 
Five on a Treasure Island, well, you 
know where to write. 

Okeedokee! Another cry for help I 
received very recently, was from a 
proud owner of the all-new Dizzy 
Collection. G, Brownlow of Hayes P 
Middx, would like to know how on earth 
you can get across the river Styx and be 
able to pay the ferryman at the other 



Well G t this is going to be one of the 
simpler posers of this blast, so I wish 
you well on your quest, as it gets 
tougher from here on in. 

In short, you need something 
valuable to pay the Ferryman. This 
something valuable turns out to be a 

fimstrad User Fehrusry 1992 



mm 



nugget of gold, located in a hidden 
cavern just before you arrive at the 
river. 

First, you must pick up the pick axe h 
and use it to smash the rock which 
blocks the cave entrance at the bottom 
of the hill underneath the clouds. 

Once inside, jump around a bit until 
you locate the nugget* pick it up and you 
should be able to bribe the ferryman 
very nicely. Remember, however, not to 
pay him until y ou get on the other side. 
Now, that sounds vaguely familiar. 
Where on earth have I heard that 
before? 

Never mind p it's Smith time! Yep, 
here are a few more progette^ 
designed to get you blasting without the 
hassles of losing those silly lives* 

The first one is for Players 1 Firelord 
offering, giving you infinite lives and 
guaranteed to boost the fun of this one a 
thousandfold. 



F ire lord E Players } 



2 k By Graham Smith 



3 1 Infinite liv*s 




10 DATA 2b, 09, 00 > 22 * 19, be 

20 DATA 21 ,0^ be h 22 .09 ,00 

30 DATA ^9^5,21 ,00, c3 , 22 

4 0 DATA ab, 2e , 22 , 31 , 36 > el 



50 DATA c 3^ MODE 1 
60 FOR j=0 TO 24: HEAD a$ 
70 K=VALr , i"+aS J ;y=y+x 
80 POKE j + 48640 1 x:NEXT j 
90 IF y<>2045 GOTO 110 



I told you it was fun, didn't I? The 
second offering is for that brilliant blast, 
Havoc. If you didn't like it the first time 
around, it was probably because you 
kept getting zapped at the crucial 
moment Plug this little proggie in for 
the tape blast and see how you like it 
this time around. 

I-. 1 * Havoc i tape } 
2 T By Graham Smith 



3 1 Infinite 1 



lves 



20 DATA 21 <Qd .be, 22 ,09*00 



30 DATA cSpfS^a.Seiaf ,e 



40 DATA 34.20,03, 32 T 6e,af 

50 DATA f 1 . c3 : MODE 1 

60 FOR j=0 TO £5;READ aS 

TO x~VAU ,r &" + a$) r y=y+* 

80 POKE j448640,x;NEXT j 
90 IF y<>2474 GOTO 110 

100 CALL 48640 :RUN ,_ 

110 PR I NT* data error 




Last up is yet another Bombjack 
cheat from Stephen Matthews. This 
one gives you infinite lives and a simple 
removal of line 4 should enable 464 
users to get the best out of it as well. 
This one's pretty straightforward, so 
type it in and enjoy. 

Wei I, I think that little lot should keep 
you busy for a while. Remember, if you 
need or have got specific help on any 
CPC game, then you know where to 
sendit 

To finish off this month p here's a little 
rib-tickler I heard recently that is 



designed to annoy a certain minority 
and it goes like this; Why do Essex 
parents keep chickens? To show Essex 
boys how to waik properly. 

There, I told you it would annoy a 
minority, especially those people who 
live in, P . Hey, I live in Essex, now hold 
on a minute.. + 



10 DATA 2a, 09, 00 v 22*la > b<* 

Amttatf User February 1$92 



BOMB JACK CHEAT 



2 1 INFINITE LIVES 



3 1 By STEPHEN MATTBEWS remove line 4 if you use a normal 464! 

4 ! TAPE : 
7 ' 

10 MEMORY 5 999 

20 BORDER 0;CLS:FOR f=0 TO 15 : INK f , 0 : NEXT f 

30 MODE 0: LOAD ,p ? b jecreen . bin" B 491 52 

40 FOR fsQ TO 15: READ a: INK f, a; NEXT fi 

50 LOAD 11 Jbjcode . bin 11 , 6000 

©0 POKE &L9FD.A0 

70 CALL 6000 

90 DATA 1 ,0, 26 , 8 t 24 , 13 ,11 ,6 , 15 . 16 „ 5 . 2 * 6 . 3 . 20 , 10 




The Bug. Is it the ultimate in hand 
held blasting? Jim Johnson 
investigates, 





Joysticks conic and 
joysticks go. That is the 
way of the world* or so 
they say. I remember a 
time when you went to buy 
a joystick and that is exactly 
what you got! A stick stuck 
on a base with a couple of 
fire buttons thrown in for 
good measure. 

Nowadays, of course, 
times have changed and, 
when you enter your local 
computer shop and ask that 
ill fated question t 'Could you 
tell me where your joystick 
section is t please?' you are, 
more often than not, 
directed to the shelf that 
you first thought was a 
leftover from the pet shop 
that previously inhabited 
the premises. 

There, staring down al 
you, is a motley assortment 
of tortoises, sub-continental 
looking amphibians and, 
what's this, a bug? 



From what I have just 
written, you may have 
guessed that I did enjoy 
playing with the Bug. 
Indeed I was so impressed, 
in fact, that it has now 
replaced my old favourite 
and is fast becoming my 
fave testing stick, 



designed sticks I have ever 
come across. What that 
favourite term of the 
makers means, is that it fits 
superbly into either of your 
hands. 

The Bug really is 
tremendously comfortable 
to use, enabling you to play 




: 



Yes, the latest in the long 
line of blasting gizmos is a 
Me offering from Cheetah, 
that looks something like a 
well-nourished scarab with 
a radar beacon on top. 

Call me an old-fashioned 
fuddy-duddy if you will, but 
I have always been a firm 
believer in the old school of 
joysticks and, until I came 
across this insectile 
offering, I really did not 
think that 1 would be 
budged into actually 
enjoying the nouveau 
trends of the stick 
manufacturers. 

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I i 

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» i 



■ ■ i ■ 

* * 



So just what is it that 
makes the Bug so good. 
Well, for starters, the Bug 
is just about one of the 
most ergon omically 



almost single-handedly. 
The stick itself is easily 
accessible to the thumb, 
with the forefinger left free 
to do the blasting damage. 



Mieroswitehes 
With a fire button on either 
side at the front, the Bug is 
ideal for both left and right 
handed players and 
features an extremely 
sturdy steel shaft on the 
stick and high quality 
m icro switches. 

Quite apart from that, the 
little beast looks and feels 
mean, allowing for long- 
ten u playing power without 
any discomfort. 

With autofire built in, do 
not let the si^e of the Bug 
lead you into thinking it is 
only half a joystick when, in 
fact, it is probably more like 
a joystick and a half. 

Performance 

If there is one drawback to 
this excellent device, it is 
that the autofire button 
cover slips off a little too 
easily but, as this is purely 
decorative, it does not 
detract from performance 
one bit, 

Blasting 

All in all if you want all 
round blasting power at an 
affordable price, then throw 
out your old assumptions 
and move on to a new plane 
of stick standards. It 
shouldn't be too long 
before a lot of people get 
the Bug, if you get my 
meaning. 




Amstrad User Fehruary 1992 



■PEDALS! 

PEDAL POWER 



Put your foot down for the next outrageous stick offering, 



ell, you ve seen the Bug, 
now it's time to dig on I your 
old race games and give 
Qinckjoy's Footpedal offering a test 
drive. 

Do you remember Chris Price's 
Black Box? We at ACU gave the 
lowdown on it quite some time ago and, 
considering the big response Chris got 

EXAMPLE wm 



taking over three of the normal 
functions of your regular stick. 

What that means for race lovers, is 
I hat you can reconfigu re the foot pedals 
to correspond to the accelerator, brake 
and clutch of your motor, just like the 
real thing, leaving your handheld to 
take care of the steering. 

On beat-em-ups, or Ninja offerings, 



reconfigured in a trice, simply by 
pushing the sliding buttons into the 
correct sequence. 




Once that's done, you're on your way 
to yet more high scores with this 





to the 

gamesters out there like anything that 
enhances the feel of your latest 
pu rch ase s. _ _ 



Following on from that exceUe n t foot 
pedal device, though on a much more 
commercial vein, is Spectravideo's 
latest stick in novation, or should I say 
non-stick innovation. 

Basically, the Footpedal is designed 
to enhance your existing joystick* by 



those flying kicks much more 
satisfying, it really is that versatile. 

The beast itself looks superb, decked 
out with multicoloured pedals against 
an ice cool grey surroii ml . Operation is 
simple as well, with the Footpedal 
plugging directly into Ihe machine, and 
your regular joystick plugging into the 
second lead from the pedals, 

Using an extremely simple switch 
over box, the three pedals can be 




g that 

enhances your playing power has got 
to be a must for serious gamesters and 
the Footpedal does exactly that. 

Extremely durable, Ihe Footpedal 
should give you hours of endless iun. A 
joy to use, as well as being a very 
practical piece of equipment, this is 
certainly no gimmick. Featuring 
industry standard micros witches, you 
should be able to hammer this one 
around like there's no tomorrow, and 
still end up ahead of the opposition. 

If you li ke to get the most out of your 
games, you need the right equipment^ 
and tiiis is one offering well worth 
getting your hands on. If s applications 
really depend on your own preferences, 
even though it lends itself to some 
games more than others. 

All we need now, to finish the job off t 
is a proper Race Ace steering wheel 
Any offers? 

John Taylor 



Amstead User February 1 



1 




The Footpedal 
Spectravideo 
Cost; £2 4,99 
ACU Rating 90% 





ROUTINE 
INFORMATION 



Glynne Davies tells you how to get hold 



of your data and how to 
store it away afterwards. 




T his month's additions to the 
Ea$ydmw2 program are the file 
handling routines together with 
a full screen save to memory and dis- 
play of the files on the disc. Any pro- 
gram which handles data needs a sy&- 
tern to allow the Information held within 
ihe computer to be saved or loaded 
using a backing store (tape or disc). 

In the case of Easydraw2 the infor- 
mation to be saved or loaded is graphical 
and stored within the computer in a 
piece of memory reserved for the 
screen, this screen memory is the top 
16K of the computer's memory. 



Disc Catalogue 

When using a disc drive you can find 
out what files are on the disc by en ter- 
ing CAT which will d i splay all the names 
of files on the screen, To obtain a cata- 
logue when the program is running, 
the key word CAT can still be used but 
as the information is placed on the 
screen this will affect your graphics. It 
is therefore necessary to save the 
screen before attempting a catalogue 
of the disc, this is achieved by copying 
the screen memory (Video RAM) to 
another section in memory. To copy 
16K of memory to another portion of 
memory can be achieved using Basic's 
PEEK and POKE but this will b* slow 
so I have included a small piece of 
machine code to do the job. 



Variables 

toprnem Maximum memory avail 

able to Basic, 
store load/Save toggle, store=l 
(SAVE) store =0(LOAD) 
\ askl$ Either Save or Load 

A Look At The listing 

| Line 11 Check HIMEM to see if the 
computer is tape or disc. 
Line 16 Lower the memory available 

I to Basic to allow for a 16K screen 
dump- 
Line 310 CTRL+C to Catalogue the 




Line 320 CTRL+S to Save a picture/ 
drawing, 

line 330 CTRL+L to Load a picture/ 
drawing. 

Line 20030 Change the line in the 
double-height routine to allow for the 

$8 50 



change in memory. 

line 24040 Call the machine code to 

save a picture from screen to RAM, 

Line 24060 Do not use the catalogue 

routine if the computer is a tape only 

machine. 

line 24110 Replace screen from the 
memory. 

Line 24510 Check and set up for Save 
or Load. 

Line 24530 Save ans$ (the name for 
the file) as a binary file from the 
video RAM if store-L Load ans$ to 
memory if slore=0. NOTE the SAVE 
routine is ans$ (name of the file), b 
(Binary type) , &5F75 (Start of video 
RAM), &40O0 (Length of file in 
hytes). (& means the number is in 
hexadecimal base 16). 

The listing 

Type in the listing below after loading 
the program EASY4, Easydraw2 so far. 

11 IF HIMEM>42619 THEN 
topmem=42239;ELSE 
topmem=40955:REM Is it disc or 
tape, Toprnem is used by the double 
height routine 

16 MEMORY 24410;REM Reserve 
space for a screen dump to memory 
and the character set 
18 GOSUB 25000:REM Load 
machine code 

310 IF 1NKEY(62)=128 THEN 
GOSUB 24000:GOSUB 2410O:REM 
CTRL+C to Save to memory call 
24411, cat the disc and then return 
screen from memory 
320 IF INKEY{60)=128 THEN 
store-LGOSUB 240O0:GOSUB 
24500:GOSUB 241O0:REM CTRL+S 
to Save Screen to memory 
330 IF INKEY(36)=128 THEN 
GOSUB 24000:GOSUB 
24500:GOSUB 24100;HEM CTRL+L 
to Load a Screen to memory 
20030 p=PEEK(topmem+(S*(pk 
32))+set):REM set p to the byte 
24000 REM Save the screen to 
memory and cat the disc, replace the 
screen 

24010 GOSUB 11000: GOSUB 
12000: REM Reset the screen to 
MOVE 

24020 CLS;KEM Remove the top line 
24030 GOSUB 5070:REM Remove 
the cursor 



24040 CALL 2441LREM Use the 
Machine code to save the screen 
24050 WINDOW 1,80, 1,25: REM 
Large window 

24060 CLS:IF topmem=42239 THEN 

RETURN: REM If the machine is tape 

only do not catalogue 

24070 FOR n-1 TO 20:CALL 

&B B 1 B:N EXT: REM Flus the buffer 

24080 CAT 

24090 PRINT "Press any key" :CALL 
&BB18 

24095 RETURN: REM Allow for 

LOAD and SAVE 

24100 WINDOW 1,80,1,1:REM 

Replace status window 

24110 CALL 24423:REM Replace 



24120 GOSUB 12000 

24130 GOSUB 5070:REM replace 

cursor 

24140 RETURN 

24500 REM Load and Save Screen 
Pictures 

24510 IF stored THEN askl$="Save 

":ELSE askl$-"Load " 

24520 

str = l:xx= 1 2: -8:ask$=askl$+"the file 
called": GOSUB 3000: REM Use the 
input routine 

24530 IF store=l THEN SAVE 
ans$,b,&5F75,&40GQ:ELSE LOAD 
ans$,&5F75 
24540 store* 0 
24550 RETURN 

25000 REM *** machine code for 

screen dump *** 

25010 FOR n=24411 TO 24434 

25020 READ x 

25030 POKE n,x 

25040 NEXT n 

25050 RETURN 

25060 DATA 

1 ,0,64,33,0,19247, 1 17,95,237, 176,201 
25070 DATA 

1,0,64,33,1 17,95,17,0,192,237,176,201 

Try drawing a picture and saving it, 
catalogue the disc and load the picture 
back from disc. 



FILLING AN ENCLOSED AREA 
PAINT 

Paint is a routine to fill an enclosed 
shape, the shape must be regular and 
enclosed on the right and left side of 
the cursor. Because of all the checking 
required within this routine the speed 

Amstrad User February 1982 




of the fill is slow, but due to a POKE to 
the computer's drawing routine 245 
patterns are available. This routine 
would need to be written in machine 
code for speed, the basic version here 
demonstrates the principle. To use the 
routine, locate the cursor within the 
shape, press P and enter the required 
pattern number. 



Considerations 

1) As this is likely to be slow there must 
be a way of stopping the routine, 

2) Each pixel to the left of the cursor 
must be checked until a lit pixel is 
found this is the boundary. This is re- 
peated on the right of the cursor. 

3) Once two lit pixels are found a line 
can be drawn between them. 

4) The routine must check for lit pixels 
above and below the cursor for the 
vertical boundaries. 

5) The routine will search for a lit pixel 
below the cursor to start with. The fill 
will then fill from the bottom upwards, 



xser 
yser 
left* 



rights 
stripe 



Variable* 

X search position. 
Y search position. 
Distance moved from the 
cursor left, (An integar is used 
to speed up the search ,) 
Distance moved from the 
cursor right. 

The lines drawn when Poked 
with a number produces a 
striped effect. The variable 
stripe is used to change the 
line type on alternative lines 
forming a pattern, 



A Look at the listing 
Line 340 Press P for the paint Pattern 
line 4025 If Enter is pressed Fill in as a 
solid. NOTE the keyword FILLisused, 
this is only available on the 664 and 
6128. For 464 remove part of the line 
rFTLL l:GOSUB 5070;RETURN 
Also note that the POKE address will 
need to be changed on line 4197. 
Line 4026 Restrict the Poke number to 
245 to allow a change of line, 
line 4050 The TEST keyword looks at 
a pixel at co-ordinates x and y and 
returns the present colour of that pixel 
(the paper colour is 0 and the pen 
colour is 1) . This forms a loop until a lit 
pixel is found, 

line 4096 If S (Stop) is pressed place 
a lit pixel above the cursor. Hi is will 
stop the routine, 

Line 4110 A loop to move one pixel 
left until a lit pixel is found. 
Line 4150 As above but to the right. 
Line 4195 Make stripe 10 or 0 



Line 4197 POKE the number into the 
systems line drawing routine with 
alternate lines increased by 10 , 
Line 4200 Draw the line, 
line 4207 Set a pixel to colour 1 if the 
screen boundary is found. 



The listing (Ensure the complete 
listing to date is in memory) 

340 IN INKEY(27)=0 THEN GOSUB 
1 1000:mde$-*TAIMT';GOSUV 
12000;GOSUB 4000:GOSUB 
11000:GOSUB 12Q00 
3990 REM 

4000 REM Paint an enclosed shape 
4010 GOSUB 5070: REM remove 
cursor 

4020 xx-12:=3:ask$=Tlease Enter 
the style number, Enter for 
soIid":str=0:GQSUB 3000:REM 
Numbers between 1 and 255 paint in 
vertical stripes 

4025 IF VAL(ans$)<l THEN 
pke-255;FILL liGOSUB 
5070:RFrURN:ELSE 
pke-VALfans$):REM *** 464 »** f$j 
will not work on the 464 therefore 
remove :FILL LGOSUB 5070:RE- 
TURN: 

4026 IF pke>245 AND pke<255 
THEN pke=245 

4030 REM search for the bottom 

4040 xser^x:yser-Y 

4050 WHILE TEST(xser,yser) = 

0:REM check for a lit pixel 

4060 yser=vser-2 

4070 IF y ser<3 THEN PLOT 

xse^yser^REM if no pixels exist 

create one at the bottom 

4075 WEND 

4077 LOCATE 12J:PRINT*Ho!d 
down S to stop. Release on sound" 
4080 REM Move up, check and draw 
line 

4085 yser*=yser+2 

4090 WHILE TEST (xser, yser)=0 

4095 left%-0:right%=0 

4096 IF INKEY(6G>0 THEN PRINT 
CHS$(7):PLOTxser p yser+2 s l:REM 
Stop the routine if S is pressed 
4100 REM find pixel to the left 
4110 WHILE TEST(xser- 
left%,yser)=0 
41201eflS=]eft%+l 

4130 IF xseHeft%<! THEN PLOT 

xser-left%,yserj 

4140 WEND 

4150 REM find pixel to the right 
4160 WHILE TESTfrser+rightft, 
yser)=0 

4170 right%=right%+l 

4180 IFxser+right36>63S THEN 

PLOT xser+right% t yser,l 

4190 WEND 

4195 IF pke<>255 THEN 



stripe-{stdpe+l0) MOD 20:ELSE 
stripe=0 

4197 POKE &B6A3.pke+$tripe:REM 
POKE &B338 J pke+stripe for *** 464 
*** owners 

4200 MOVE xser4eft%+l,yser:DRAW 

xser+right%-l,yser 

4205 yser^yser+2 

4207 IF yser>381 THEN PLOT 

xser,yser F l;REM stop the upward 

flow 

4120 WEND . 

4215 GOSUB 5O70:REM Replace 
cursor 

4220 RETURN 

Save the listing as EASY5. That's it 
until next month 's shape routine, a sys- 
tem to memorise a shape, enlarge or 
shrink Stand save a collection of shapes 
to disc or tape for future use. 

If you missed the previous months, 
1h is is the listing EASY4. 

10 REM EA5TDRAW2 
15 SYMBOL AFTER 32 

20 REM Variables xy (co-ordinates) 
jump (cursor move distance) 

21 REM variables ip (ink pen) ib (ink 
border/paper) d (display) mde$ 
(mode selected) 

23 REM variable beam Oeave line if 
beam is on) 

24 REM Variable ele (Elastic band 
switch) xf.yf (origin for Elastic band) 

25 REM Variables ansS (Input string) 
xx (Input position) (Input length) str 
(string if 1 numeric if 0) 

26 REM Variables angle (Arc angle) r 
(radius) 

28 REM variables rub (rubout 
variable) origx,origy (original x and 

y) 

29 REM Variables side (amount of 
sides in shape) sa (Start angle of 
shape) 

40 x=320;y=200: jump=10:ip- 13:ib- 
0:mde$^MOVE" 
45 INK l t ip:INK O t ib: BORDER ib 
50 MODE 2:REM 640x200 graphics 
52 WINDOW l s 79 T l T l:ORIGIN 
0 J 0,0 t 640 h 384 t 0:GOSUB 12000:REM 
Set up a text window (window) to be 
the top line. Set up a graphics win- 
dow (origin) for the remaining 
screen 

60 GOSUB 5O70:REM draw cursor 
70 WHILE trip-0 

80 REM Remove keypress for speed 
90 GOSUB 5000;KEM Cursor move 
100 IF IN KEY (53) - 1 2 8 TH EN 
ip=0p+l) MOD 27:INK l t ip:IF ip=ib 
THEN ip=ip+l:INK l,ip:REM If 
CTRL+F are pressed change the 
Foreground colour 
110 IF INKEY(54)=128 THEN 
ib=(ib+l) MOD 27:INK 0,ib:BORDER 



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ib:lP ib=ip THEN ib-ib+l:INK 
O t ib:BORDER ib;REM If CTRL+B are 
pressed change the Background 
colour and the Border colour 
120 IF TNKEY(61)=128 THEN 
d=(d+l) MOD 2:LOCATE 
12,1:FR1NT SPACE$(16);:REM If 
CTRL+D are pressed switch on x,y 
Display 

130 IF d=l THEN LOCATE 

12,1:PRINTSPACE$(16);: LOCATE 

12,1: PRINT "X^x;* Y=*;y;:REM 

Display X and Y 

140 IF INKEY(50) =128 THEN 

GO SUB 5070:x=320:y«200;GOSUB 

5070:1F d=l THEN LOCATE 

12,1:PRINT "X^pt; 1 * Y=;y;:REM Reset 

X to 320 and Y to 200 

150 IF INKEY{54)=0 THEN GOSUB 

1 1 000:beam=l :a=x:b=y:GOSUB 

1200:REM Reset all the function 

variables to zero Cine 11000) and 

Reprint status line 

160 IF beam=l THEN GOSUB 

4500:a=xib=y 

170 IF INKEY (38) =0 THEN GOSUB 

11000:GOSUB 12000 

180 IF INKEY (58) =0 THEN GOSUB 

110(X^=*tmde$- , ELASTIC , :ele=im5lJB 

12000:REM Press E to switch on 

Elastic band F to Fix a line 

190 IF ele-1 THEN GOSUB 6000 

200 IF INKEY(53)=0 AND ele-1 

AND tl=0THEN 

a-xf:b=yf:set=0;GOSUB 4500:REM 
Press F to Fix the line from Elastic 



210 rF INKEY(59)=160 THEN 
CLG:GOSUB 5070:REM Press CTRL 
+ SHIFT + W to clear screen and 
replace cursor 
220 IF INKEY(45)=0 THEN 
str=0:xx=12:ask$="PLEASE ENTER 
THE JUMP LENGTH"I:=3:GOSUB 
30O0:jump-VAL(ans$) :GOSUB 
12O00:REM Press J to change jump 
size. This is numeric and the str 
variable is set to 0. (str xx ask$ and 1 
are all needed for the Input routine. 
230 IF INKEY(51=0) AND text=0 
THEN mde$='TEXT:GOSUB 
1 3 K )!t>:x- 12srr=l2KkS="l EXT= w HOGQSUB 
3000:IF LEN(ansS)>0 THEN GOSUB 
11000^=l^=*n$==ans$ch^ 16* XXSUB 
5100 

240 IF INKEY(53) =0 AND text-1 
THEN GOSUB 2000:REM Press F to 
Fix the Text in position 
250 IF text=l THEN GOSUB 15000 
260 IF text=l AND 1NKEY(51)=0 
THEN tms=(tms+l) MOD 
2:texl=8:hig=16:IF tms=l THEN 
texl=16:hig=32 

270 IF INKEY (69)=0 THEN GOSUB 
1 1000:mde$-"ARC ff : GOSUB 
12000: GOSUB 10000: GOSUB 
11 000: GOSUB 12000 
280 IF INKEY (50) =0 THEN GOSUB 



1 1 000rub=l :mde$-"RUBBER":GOSUB 
12000 

290 IF rub=l THEN GOSUB 16000 
300 IF rNKEY(62)=0 THEN GOSUB 
H000:mde$=TIRCLE";GOSUB 
12000:GOSUB 7000:GOSUB 
11000:GOSUB 12000:REM Press C 
for Circle /Shape routine 
500 WEND 

2000 REM Position text 
2010TAG:REM Set the text at the 
graphics position 

2020 IF hig=32 THEN GOSUB 20000 
ELSE PRINT n$;:REM Choose 
Double or single 

2030 TAGOFF: REM Switch back to 

normal text 

2040 RETURN 

3000 REM Input routine 

3005 FOR n=l TO 20:CALL 

&BB1B:NEXT:REM Flush the 

keyboard buffer 

3010 ans$= w ":GOSUB 12000;REM 
Reset ans$ to null and clear status 
line 

3020 LOCATE xx.l:PRlNTask$+" 

*4CHR$W+SPA(^a)+CHl$OT 
Print the question and answer space 

3025 IF str=0 THEN 

liml-47:lim2=58:ELSE 

liml-31:lim2=127 

3030 k$=" 

"xx=xx+LEN(ask$)+2:REM reset xx 

to answer position 

3040 WHILE ASC(k$)ol3:REM 

Loop until Enter is pressed 

3050 k$-" AWHILE k$=" 

":k$-INKEY$:WEND:REM Loop to 

wait for keypress 

3060 IF ASC(k$)>liml AND 

ASC(k$)<lim2AND LEN(ans$)<l 

THEN ans$»ans$+k$:REM Accept 

any keyboard character into the 

string if the string is below L If str=0 

then numbers only 

30701FASC&SM27AND 

LEN (ans$)>0 THEN 

ans$=LEFT$ (ans$ t LEN (ans$) - 

1) :REM If DEL is pressed remove a 

character if one exists 

3080 LOCATE xx,l:PRlNT 

SPACE$(l);:LOCATE xx,kPRINT 

ans$;:REM Remove old string and 

replace with the new string 

3090 WEND 

3100 GOSUB 12000: REM remove 

information 

3110 RETURN 

4500 REM draw line (BEAM) 
4510 GOSUB 5070: REM Remove 
cursor 

4520 MOVE a,b 

4530 DRAW x,y P l 

4540 GOSUB 5070: REM Replace 

cursor 

4550 RETURN 
4990 REM 

********* ************ * 



5000 REM Cursor move 

5010 IF INKEY (1)=0 THEN GOSUB 

5070:x=x+jump:GOSUB 5070 

5020 IF 1 NKEY(8)=0 THEN GOSUB 

5070:x=x-jump: GOSUB 5070 

5030 IF TNKEY(2)=0 THEN GOSUB 

5070:y-y-jump:GOSUB 5070 

5040 IF INKEY(0)-0 THEN GOSUB 

5O70ry =y+jump: G OSUB 5070 

5060 RETURN 

5065 REM 

************************** 

5070 REM Draw cursor 

5080 IF text-1 THEN RETURN 

5100 LOCATE 1,1:PRINT 

CHR$(23)+CHH$(1):REM set xor 

mode, 

5110 MOVE x-10 t y:DRAW x+10,y,l 

5120 MOVE x,y-l0:DRAW x t y+10,l 

5130 LOCATE l f l:PRINT 

CHR$(23)+CHR$(0):REM Reset 

graphics to normal 

5140 RETURN 

6000 REM Elastic Band 

6010 LOCATE 1,1:PRINT 

CHR$(23)+CHR$(1):REM XOR mode 

6020 IF set=0 THEN 

xf=x:yf=y:set=l:MOVE xf,yf:DRAW 

x,y t l;REM Fix xf and yf when set=0 

6030 MOVE xf.vf:DRAW x,y,l 

6040 FOR w-1 TO 10:NEXT;REM a 

short pause 

6050 DRAW xtytl 

6060 LOCATE 1,1:PRINT 

CHR$ (23)+CHRS(0):REM Normal 

Mode 

6070 RETURN 

7000 REM Circle and Shape routine 

7010 IF r=0 THEN r-40 

7020 REM Input the horizontal radius 

and vertical radius to allow for 

ellipses, for circular objects set 

radius and press F twice 

7030 start=-l:angle=PI/2:LOCATE 

12,1:PRINT "Horizontal 

Radius": GO SUB 10030:rx=nREM 

Use Arc routine 

7040 FOR n=l TO 20:CALL 

&BB 1B:NEXT:REM Flush the buffer 

7050 LOCATE 12,1: PRINT "Vertical 

Radius ";angle=G:GOSUB 

10030:ry=r:start=O:REM Use arc 

routine 

7060 ask$="Enter then amount of 

sides or Enter for 

circle":xx- 12; i-3;str=0: GOSUB 

3000:side-VAL(ans$) 

7070 IF side=0 THEN side=100:REM 

If Enter is pressed set up a 100 part 

7080 IF side<16 THEN ask$;]= w Enter 

the start angle 0- 

360":xx= 1 2: 1=3 : str =0: GOSUB 

3000:sa=VAL(ans$):sa=2*Pl* (sa/360) 

7090 GOSUB 5070: REM remove 

cursor 

7100 MOVE x+SIN(- 

Pl*sa) *rx,y+COS (-PI+sa) *ry: REM 







move to the bottom of shape 
7110 FOR n=-PI+sa TO PI+0.2+sa 
STEP (2*PI)/side:REM Calculate the 
positions for a circle of (side) sides 
7120 DRAW 

x+SIN (n) *rx,y+COS (n) *ry,l:REM 
Draw a straight line between posi- 
tions 

7130 NEXT 

7140 GOSUB 5070: REM replace 
cursor 
I 7150 RETURN 

7160 IF INKEY(53)=0 AND start-1 
I THEN arc=l 

I 7170 IF start<l THEN GOSUB 
I 5000;PRINT 

I CHR$(23)+CHR$(1);:REM cursor 

keys 

I 7180 IF start=-l THEN 

I arc=0:RETURN;REM Use the Arc 

routine but return at this point 
• 10000 REM ARC 
I 10010 angle=0:IF r=0 THEN 

r»20:REM Set a radius if none exists 
I 10030 WHILE arc*=0 
I 10040 IF INKEY{60) =0 AN D start-0 
I THEN s=angle:xy=l;MOVE 

x,y;DRW x+r*SlN (angle) ,y+r* 
I COS(angle),l:start=l:KEM Press S 

for the start position of the arc 
1 10050 IF 1NKEY (53) -0 AND start= 1 

THEN are=l:f-angle:REM Press F at 

the Finish position of the arc 
I 10O55 1 F INKEY (53) =0 AND start=-l 
I THEN anc-l:REM Selection of radius 

from the circle routine 
I 10060 IF INKEY(39)=0 THEN 
I angle-angle-0.05;REM Move the arm 

anti clockwise KEY< 
I 10070 IF IN KEY(3 1) -0 THEN 

angle=angle+0.05;EEM Move the 

arm clockwise KEY > 
I 10080 IF INKEY{28)«0 THEN 
I r=r+4:REM Increase the radius KEY 
I + 

I 10090 IF IN KEY (25) =0 AND r>4 
| THEN r-r-4:REM Decrease the 
I radius KEY - 
I 10100 if inkey(37)=0 THEN 

xx=12:str=0:l=3;ask$="Enter the 
1 Radius =":GOSUB 
| 3000:r=VAL(ans$) : REM Press K to 
I Key in the Radius 
1 10110 IFstart<l then gosub 

5000: PRINT 
I CHR$ (23) ;CHR$U);:REM cursor 

k £ V £ 

I 10120 MOVEx,y 
I 10130 DRAW 

x+r*SIN (angle) s y4r*COS(angle) , 1 
I 10140 MOVE x f y 
1 10150 DRAW 

I x+r SIN (angle) ,y+r* COS(angle) , l 
10160 WEND 

10165 IF mdeS^CIRCLE" THEN 
arc=0: RETURN :REM Return to the . 
circle routine 
1 10170 IF f<s THEN inc-0.02 ELSE 

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inc=0n02 

10180 MOVE x,y:DRAW 

x+r*SIN(s),v+r*COS(s),l 

10190 PRINT CHR$(23)+CHR$(0); 

10200 MOVE 

x+r*$IN(s),y+r*COS(s> 

10210 FOR n-s TO f STEP inc:REM 

Draw the ARC 

10220 DRAW 

x+r*SIN (n) ,y+r*COS{n) ,1 

10230 NEXT 

10240 an>0:start=0:REM reset 

variables 

10260 RETURN 

11000REM Reset all function vari- 
ables to zero 
11005 IF text=l THEN 
text=0;GOSUB 5070: REM Switch off 
text and replace the cursor 
11010 

start=0:beam=0:ele=0:fi=0:rub=0:xy= 
0:tl=0:tb=0;t- 0:mde$=" MOVE" 
11020 RETURN 
12000 CIS 

12002 IF beam=l THEN 
mde$="BEAM* 
12004 IF ele=l THEN 
mde$^ELASTIC" 

12006 IFjump-0 THEN jump=l:REM 
Ensure jump exists 
12010 LOCATE l t l:FRINT 
"Jump-'^ump^REM Distance the 
cursor moves 

12020 LOCATE 70,1:FRINT 

mde$;:REM Working mode selected 

12030 IF d=l THEN U)CATE 

1 2,1:PRINT SPACES (16);: I £>C ATE 

1 2, LPRINT "X="ac;" Y=";y;:REM 

Display X and Y 

12040 RETURN 

15000 REM text box 

15005 LOCATE 1,1:PRINT 

CHR$(23)+CHR$(1); 

15010 MOVE x,y 

15020 DRAW 

x+LEN (n&) *texl,y,l:DRAW 
x+LEN (n$) *texl,y-hig,l:DRAW x,y- 
hig,l:DRAW x,y t l 
15030 DRAW 

x+LEN (nS) *texl,y,l;DRAW 

x+LEN(n$) •texly-hig, LDRAW x,y 

hig.LDRAW x t v,l 

15035 LOCATE 1,1:PRINT 

CHR$(23)+CHR$(0); 

15040 RETURN 

16000REM Remove a chosen block 

from the screen 

16010 LOCATE 1 F 1:PRINT 

CHR$(23)+CHR$(l); 

16015 IF start=0 THEN 

start=l:origx=x:origy=y 

16020 MOVE origx t origy 

16030 DRAW x,origy,l:DRAW 

x,y,l:DRAW origx,y,l:DRAW 

origx t origy p l 

1(5040 DRAW x,origy,l:DRAW 
x,y,l:DRAW origx,y,l:DRAW 
origx t origy,l 



16050 IF INKEY(53)-0 THEN 

GOSUB 16100 

16060 RETURN 

16100 IF x<origx THEN 

xs=x:xe=origx:ELSE 

xs=origx:xe=x:REM find the XStart 

and Xend for the window 

16110 IF y<origy THEN 

ys=y :y e=origy : E LSE 

ys=origy:ye=y:REM find the YStart 

and YEnd for the window 

16115 GOSUB 5070 :REM remove 

cursor 

16120 ORIGIN xs+4,ys ( xs+4,xe- 
4,ys,ye:CLG:REM Redefine the 
graphics screen and clear the new 
window 

16130 ORIGIN 0,0,O,64O,384,O:REM 

Reset graphics screen 

16140 GOSUB 5070:REM replace 

cursor 

16150 RETURN 

19990 REM Double height Double 
width routine 

20000 FOR n=l TO LEN(n$) 

20010 pk=ASC(MID8(n$,n,l)) 

20020 FOR set=l TO 8 

20030 p=PEEK(HIMEM+{8* (pk- 

32)) +set) :REM set p to the byte 

20040 GOSUB 20150:REM Change to 

two nibbles (a nibble is half a byte) (4 

bits) 

20050 NEXT' 

20060 REM convert the characters 
255,254,253,252 into the four quarters 
of a block 

20070 SYMBOL 255,hb(l) f hb (1), hb 

(2),hb (2),hb(3),hb (3), hb(4),hb (4) 

20080 SYMBOL 254,1b (1), lb (1), lb 

(2),lb(2).lb(3)Jb(3).lb(4) 1 lb(4) 

20090 SYMBOL 253,hb(5) hb (5) ,hb 

(6),hb (6),hb (7),hb (7) t hb(8),hb(8) 

20100 SYMBOL 252,lb(5) ,1b (5) ,1b 

(6),lb(6),Ib(7),lb (7) ,1b (8) ,1b (8) 

20110 MOVE x+mov,y:PRINT 

CHRS(255):CHR$(254); 

20115 MOVE x+mov,y-16: PRINT 

CHRS(253),CHR$(252); 

20120 mov=mov+16 

20130 NEXT 

20135 mov=0 

20140 RETURN 

20150 REM change to two nibbles 
20160 lb=p AND 15:a=lb:GOSUB 
20190:1b (set) =nn:nn=0 
20170 hb-p AND 240ia-hb/ 
16-GOSUB 20190:hb(set)=nn:nn=0 
20180 RETURN 

20190 REM change nibbles TO bytes 
20200 IF a=0 THEN RETURN 
20210 IF a-8>=0 THEN 
nn=nn+192:a=a'8 

20220 IF a4>=0 THEN nn=nn+48; 
a=a-4 

20230 IF a-2>=0 THEN nn-nn+12: 
a=a-2 

20240 IF a=l THEN nn=nn+3 
20260 RETURN 



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BY DAVID HALL 

Here's a little something to include in 
your latest program that should set it 
off a treat Using some clever machine 
code programming, this gem allows 
you to create t save and load text onto 



the screen, and then scroll it across in 
glorious technicolour. 

Hie text is clear and bold and N if you 
know anybody who owns a shop, they 
may even want to use it to show off his 
or her latest cut-price turnips, or some- 
thing. Try it and see what you think. 




10 
20 
30 
40 
50 
60 



By David Hall [Fl] 



** ALPHA SCROLL ** 
(C) March 1991 [F2] 
[F3J 

Amstrad CPC version [F4] 

for AMSTRAD COMPUTER USER [F5] 
[F6J 

70 IF HIMEM=9999 THEN 100 [36] 
80 SYMBOL AFTER 31 [21 ] 
90 MEMORY 9999 [50] 
100 INK 0,0 [27] 

14 [CD] 
16 [F0] 

2 [5E] 
1 [5E] 

3 [7F] 
6 [A2] 

15 [12] 

16 [29] 
26 [3F] 

200 BORDER 0 [A5] 
210 store=100Q0 [5E] 
220 FOR loopl=l TO 46 
230 suro=Q [78] 
240 READ cod©$ s total [33] 
250 FOR loop2=l TO 24 STEP 2 
260 value=VAL( +MIDS ( code* , loop2 , 2 ) ) [C2] 
£70 POKE store .value [DD] 
280 sum=sum+value [C7] 
290 s tore=store+l [8F] 
300 NEXT loop2 [AC] 
310 IF subtotal THEN 340 [75] 

320 PRINT "Error in line " ; 1 120+loopl* 10 [28] 
3 30 END [F2] 



110 INK 
120 INK 
130 INK 
140 INK 
150 INK 
160 INK 
170 INK 
180 INK 
190 



1 
2 
3 
4 
5 
5 
6 
7 
8 



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340 NEXT loopl [A6] 

350 MODE 1 [B6] 

360 PEN 3 [4A] 

370 PRINT "A L P E A 

380 PRINT [32] 



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PEN 2 

PRINT "Type name of file to load or" [46] 



PRINT 
PRINT 
PEN 1 

LINE INPUT 
IF lname$= 



"press ENTER to create 
[27] 
[33] 

? . ■ . . 'i name $ [FE] 
THEN 480 [40] 



a message 



II Pt 



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LOAD InameS ,12000 [7B] 
GOTO 950 [74] 
x=l [Dl] 
y = l [D8] 

store=12000 [77] 
MODE 2 [BA ] 
PEN 1 [32] 

PRINT " ALPHA SCROLL by David Hall - Please "; [5C] 
PRINT "type your message ( SPACE LEFT = 20000 )" [11] 
PRINT " ===== ====== (c) Mar 1990" [CF] 

PRINT STRINGS (80 , "*" ) [D6] 
LOCATE 1,25 [EB] 
PRINT STRINGS ( 80 t M *") ; [F8] 
WINDOW £1,1,80.4,24 [ B7 j 

LOCATE £l,x,y [19] 

PRINT £1,CHR$(143) [4E] 

i$=INKEY$ [25] 

IF i$="" THEN 600 [59] 

IF i$OCHR$(127) THEN 690 [E3] 

LOCATE £1 ,x,y [23 J 

PRINT £1 , " " [36] 

SOUND 4 . 1000 ,2 [FD] 

GOTO 880 [8F] 

IF i$=CHR$U6> THEN 600 [F8] 
IF i$OCHR$(13) AND store<>32000 THEN 760 
CLS [45] 

PRINT "Type in filename to SAVE or" [4Ej 



[C9] 



930 
940 
950 



970 

980 



PRINT "press ENTER to continue : 
LINE INPUT "",sname$ [49] 
GOTO 950 [73] 

IF ASCU$)>180 THEN 850 [67] 

SOUND 4,100,2 [80] 

POKE store ,ASCU»)-31 [73] 

store=store+l [94] 

LOCATE £l,x,y [IB] 

PRINT £1 , i$ [0C] 

x=x+ 1 [0B] 

IF x = 81 THEN x=l:y=y+l [81] 

IF y=21 THEN PRINT £l;y=y-l [B2] 

LOCATE 71,1 [E3] 

PRINT 32000-store [65] 

GOTO 600 [23] 

IF x=l AND y-1 THEN 600 [FF] 
x=x-l [29] 

IF x=0 THEN x=80:y=y-l [B3] 
IF y-0 THEN y=l:x=l [D4] 
POKE store ,1 [6E] 
s t ore=s tore-1 [ AA ] 
GOTO 850 [69] 
MODE 0 [B2] 

FOR loop=store TO store+22 [09] 
POKE loop.l [DE] 
NEXT loop [E6] 



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990 POKE loop,255 [06] 

1000 IF sname$= " " THEN 1020 [F2] 

1010 SAVE snam©$ ,b, 1 2000 , store-1 1 960 [C5] 

1020 CLS [85] 

1030 M 2,1 [3E] 

1040 p=10 [50] 

1050 FOR t=l TO 640 STEP 4 [A9] 

1060 PLOT t , 398 , p : DEAWR 0,-150: MOVER 0,-100:DRAWR 0,-180 
1070 p=p+1:IF P =16 THEN p=10 [48] 
1080 NEXT [04] 
1090 p=10:CALL 10000 [04] 
1100 INK p } l:CALL &BD19:CALL 10006 [50] 
1110 INK p,0:p=p+l:IF p=16 THEN p=lO [36] 
1120 GOTO 1100 [lA] 
1130 DATA 

1140 DATA CD6D27C921F47E36001 1F57E 
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PageSJ 



What is it really like to run a PD library? Alan Scully explains... 



I~ n the majority of cases, PI) libraries 
are set up as a quick way of making 
_ money. It is therefore not surprising 
to find that such libraries have often 
closed within a few months. Why? 



the work involved. 

PD libraries are relatively easy to set 
up; all yon need is a computer and 
cassette deck or disk drive -111 presume 
youVe got those already (otherwise 
why would you be reading this 
magazine??). Now you need some 
software. Your first instinct will 
probably be to send orders to the 
established PD libraries, and by all 
means do so. Remember one thing 
though, y o u 're even tu ally go i ng to have 
to attract custo mers, probably the same 



so youVe not going to get very far if 
your list is just made up from their 
software! Therefore, while you're 
waiting for software to arrive, and for 
publicity (see later), write your own 
programs - and loads of them! Once 



you can then swap it with other libraries 
to boost your range even more. 

Alright, so youVe got your software 
and you're ready to go - or are you? 
YouVe going to need to produce a list 
(catalogue) of your wares, how can 
people order fro m you without knowing 
what you have?! Decide on whether to 




have your list photocopied (this can be 
costly) or on cassette/disk (very time 
consuming although much cheaper if 
the customer supplies the disk) . It is at 
this stage you will need to decide how 
much to charge. Keep it as low as you 
can, but not so low that you receive 
more orders than you can possibly 
handle! The 'average' copy charge for a 
disk full of software (ie both sides) is 
£l t however some libraries charge as 
much as £6 (including disk)!! 

Finally you Ve ready for the next step 
- publicity. This is your last chance to 
change your mind, so think carefully 
before progressing any further. If you 
do decide to go on (mo re fool you) then 
take things slowly, It is a very bad idea 
to go straight to the glossy magazines. 
Both Am s trad Action and Am stead 



Computer User write their magazines Artificial Intelligence are good starts 
five/six weeks before publication , so if (see past issues of ACU for the 
you do manage to get publicity' in both addresses, the address for CPC Domain 
magazines (and because of the high 

failure rate wi th new libraries § Q 
this is very unlikely), you % * 

could find yourself with 
more orders than you 
have time to do + TOO 
LATE! It will be at least 
two months before the 
magazines can tell their 
readers I hat you are 
closed! So take things 
easy, hit the fanzines 
first - Print-Out, 
Playmates, CPC 
Domain and 



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is in this issue). After a few months in 
the fanzines, place small ads in ACU 
and AA- When the ads appear you 
should find you will receive more orders 
than before. 

After about a month, it's time to make 
the final decision - do you go for more 
publicity? If the number of orders you 




are receiving keeps you busy then the 
answer is no P just keep with the fan zines 
and placing small ads. If you feel that 
you could handle a lot more orders, 
and have the time to spare, then prepare 
a press release with full details of your 
library including prices, range, history 
and how to obtain more details. Once 
youVe done that send a copy to the 
news pages of ACU and AA or send it 
direct to Bob Adams on the PD Scene 
if you want an overview of your wares. 

I mentioned earlier that you only 
need a really basic computer set up to 
start a PD library and , wh ile this Is true, 
if you do decide to continue running 
the library it is advisable to expand as 
soon as possible. If you're running a 
cassette service invest in a first disk 
drive, then using a suitable piece of 
software, you can duplicate cassettes 
by copying from disk (Gold mark 
Systems provide a program called 
TAPEDUM P which will do this). As 
well as saving up to 50% of copying time 
you'll also have access to much more 
PD software, Hiere are very few (if 
any) cassette PD libraries, any that do 
start would have my full support 

If you're running a disk service then 
think seriously about buying a second 
disk drive, they make life so much 
easier! You can buy 15" drives for under 
£70 these days, and I bought my 5.25" 
drive for only £40 (using an MP2 
modulator to power it!). You 11 also find 




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Also, if you're using Disckit for copying, 
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you may have. Contact GOLD MARK 
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The final piece of hardware that you 
should get is a printer. While it is not 
essential that you have one it will come 
in useful for letters, stock-lists and for 




PD programs (eg Page maker Plus) 
that require use of a printer. Any Epson 
compatible printer will do, but it is best 
to go for a &-pin (most PD programs are 
written with 9-pin printers in mind and 
so don't work properly with 24-pin 
printers). 

I hope this article has given you an 
insight into the running of a PD library, 
and if you've been thinking of setting 
one up P 1 hope you will find it of some 
use. Myself, I have been running a PD 
library for two years, first on cassette, 
then on disk 1 and now open only to 
subscribers of CPC Domain. If you 
need more help then please do not 
hesitate to write to me, the address is 
as per CPC Domain. 

Good luck, you'll probable need it! 



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■ 

The new Panasonic KX-PI 170 gets the ACU going over. Even Ziggy 

could get to grips with this one. 

- 



111 this day and age, most of us must 
be fairly conversant with the ins 
and outs of printer usage- We 

should all hopefully, know lhat paper 
tractors don't necessarily mean 
Origami plough pullers and, lhat 
parallel ports aren't really dry docks for 
sister ships. 

That asi de , it is si i 11 a pleasant su tiiri se 
to open up the packaging of your new 
toy to find easily comprehendable and 



speeds of up to 192 ops in draft, the P- the machine was not too far off these 
1170 is certainly no slouch in Elite, figures, so print users requiring high 
whilst the 38 cps offered in Near Letter speed output could do far worse than to 




encounter with Panasonic's new 9-pin 
beast, I he KX-P1170, should be a 
positive delight coming, as it does, with 
a simple quick reference guide, to hold 
your hand during the setting up 
process. 



Compactness 

The first thing that will probably hit 
you is the machine's compactness, 
Obviously, desk space is a major 
consideration when purchasing a 
printer and, with specifications of 
425mm W X 340 D X 130 H t the P4 170 
should fit snugly into most corners, 
leaving you plenty of space to browse 
through your operating instructions 
and reference guide. 

On top of the size, the machine 
certain ly looks robust a nd p co n sideling 
the amount of bashing it got in the ACU 
office, it more than lives ud to 




appearances, Ihe well-proven print 




mechanism and construction making- 
it ideal for prolonged use in the office, 
or in educational institutions. 

So much for first impressions. What 
about the performance? Well with print 



Quality is perfectly acceptable for a 9- 
pin offering 

These are the figures quoted by 
Panasonic them selves, but in practice 



take this beast on board. 

Ergonomic design, a term more 
frequently used in the manufacture of 
joysticks, is also a feature of this squat 

Amstratt User February 1992 



print machine. What this means is I hat 
all of the features have been specifically 
dfevised for ease of usage. In other 
words, the P-1170 is extremely user 
friendly. 

All of the opera ling controls are 
situated within easy reach on either the 
front, or the top of the machine, 
in cl ud i ng fonts, pitch, form length , form 
feed, line feed, hex dump, self test and 
all of I he usual press button features of 
the 9-pin world. 



Convenience 

For exlra convenience, the power cord 
and printer cable are also situated well 
out of the way of the paper paths, to 
avoid unfortunate foul-ups. 

Cutting an edge on the opposition is 
becoming more an d more difficult these 
days, with most 9-pins offering a vast 
array of features as standard. The P- 
1170 is certainly no exception, with 
paper handling options comparable 
with the more expensive machines. 





work desk 
layout 

What, this 
means is that, 
for the busy 
office, vou can 
he feeding 
continuous 
paper from the 
rear* label and 
multipart 
stationary from 
the bottom and 
single sheets 
and envelopes 
through the top 
feed. 

Not having to 
disconnect your continuous paper 
supply has its obvious advantages, while 
the choices on offer allow for last minute 
changes of plans as to your printing 
requirements, without the hassle of 
paper juggling, 

The fonts included as standard with 
the machine include draft, as well as 
Courier, Prestige. Bold PS and Sans 
Serif as the near letter quality offerings, 
with print sises ranging from five to 20 
cpi f along with proportional spacing. 

According to the specs,, the 
maximum amount of available styles is 
as high as 3 T 400, created by a 
comb inal ion of fonts, character sizes 
and the enhancement modes such as 
italics, double height, double strike, 
emphasised, underline, subscript and 
superscript. 

Now, if any of you out there want to 
sit down and put that to the lest, good 
luck to you. I think I would prefer to 
take it as read that there are possibly 
more combinations than most users 
would ever be able to make use of in 
their daily routine of usage. 

The graphics capabilities, at 240 X 
216 dpi, are not the besl on the market f 



working and extremely reliable 
workhorse, The paper handling is 
excellent, while the results are clean 
and should really be seen lo be properly 
appreciated. 



Cutting edge 

What gives Panasonic's new offering 
that cutting edge, is probably its ease of 
use. Every conceivable setting that you 
might need to get yourself up and 
running is clearly outlined and 
illustrated on the quick reference guide, 
i ncluding those bothersome dip-switch 
settings which cause so much grief lo 
novice users (see diagram). 

So how much do you have to fork out 
to acquire this style of printing 
professionalism? Under £200. With a 
recommended retail price of £199 plus 
VAT, you should be able to pick up this 
beauty for under the magic £200 mark 
if you hunt around and, for that kind of 
money, you will be gelling an awful lot 
of power to your printing elbow. 

The most dazzling piece of 
machinery on the market it is not butt 

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the machine's capabilities and will not 
affect your output to any extent. 

Aft for compatibility, the P-1170 
features both an Epson and an IBM 
emulation, as with most printers on the 
market In this instance, the emulations 
are Epson FX-8fie/FX-800 and IBm 
Proprinter 1T + making the machine 
compatible with the great majority of 
software packages on the market. On 
the hardware end, the standard 
Centronics parallel, optional RS232C 
serial and Anpletelk interfaces give the 



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advanced user group, you will be hard 
put to purchase a machine with better 
performance outlines to help you gel 
the best out of your computer. 

The P-1170 really is a doddle to use 
and, if yon have been a little scared to 
alter your sellings and see what else 
you can achieve with your equipment, 
then purchasing this beast should open 
up new horizons for you. 



You can park your paper, choose 
from push or pull tractor for extra 
versatility and feed from the top, the 
back or the bottom, depending on your 



P-1170 better compatibility than most 
comparable offerings, and should cause 
you no grief at all during the set-up 
phase. 

In short, having purchased the P- 
1 170, you should have, sitting in front 
of you, a no-nonsense, durable, hard- 




So you want to run a Bulletin 
Board System on a CPC do you? 
Are you completely and utterly 
mad? Of course you're not! Well to 
run a BBS you need to get hold of 
certain things! 

(1) A computer. (I find a CPC 6128 
works quite well!) You will also find 
it an advantage to have a large capac- 
ity 2nd drive le; a 3,5 S1 or 5.25" 80 track 
B: Drive. Otherwise the BB that you 
want to run will have to be a very 
small one. 

(2) A modem. Preferably a Quad 
Standard one with speeds of 300/300 
1200/75 1200/1200 24O0/24O0 (v21 p 
23, 22, 22bis) The Amstrad SM240O 
is a very good choice. 

(3) A RS232 serial interface. (Note 
only a PACE or CIRKJT model is 
recommended.) Note that PACE 
made serial interfaces for Amstrad so 
an interface with Amstrad p s name on 
it should also be okay, Please note 
however that the KDS and SPECTRE- 
CDMMS interfaces do not use the 
correct port addresses that Amstrad 
specify, and therefore will not work 
with any of the following host pro- 
grams. 

(4) And last but not least, you need 
a host program! At the moment there 
are three main BB systems available 
for the CPC range of computers* 
maybe there are more than three, but 
these are the ones that I am familiar 
with! They are as follows: 

(1) ROS {Remote Operating System) ■ 

(2) Bulldog. 

(3) XRAS. 

Of the above three only ROS and 
Bulldog are worth bothering about 
XRAS is a vert basic BB system and 
has more than it's fair share of bugs! 
There also used to be a BB system 
called "Northern Lights' but I have not 
heard anything of this software for 
quite some time, so I assume that it 
has fallen by the wayside, so to speak. 

Both the above systems run under 
Digital Research's deeply wonderful 
CP/M operating system! As far as I 
know, all the above programs need 
CP/M Plus (also known as 3,1), so 
that put's 464 owners at a disadvan- 
tage - sorry! Of course you can still 
run a BB on a 464 - but you will need 



a disc drive, CP/M+, a 64K or bigger 
memory expansion and a 6128 Chip, 
Of all these, the 6128 Chip will be the 
most difficult to get hold of. 

Now for a more detailed descrip- 
tion of the systems. In this article I 
will concentrate on ROS p as it is the 
system that I am most familiar with. 
ROS is a Public Domain program that 
comes from the USA. It was originally 
written by Steve Fox for the CP/M 
2.2 systems then running in the States 
and was altered for use with the PCW 
series of machines by Ron Touw in 
the UK around about 1986. Since then 
it has been drastically redesigned and 
modified by Chris Smith, Bob Garbutt 
and Bob Wilson among others, who 
have turned it into a really good Bul- 
letin Board system for the CPC and 
PCW range of computers. 

ROS is a Compiled turbo Pascal 
program (Turbo Pascal is {c) Borland 
International), as such it is a very 
flexible program, and you can make 
a very individual bulletin board sys- 
tem from it - the Pascal source code 
is just a series of Ascii files (called 
INClude files because they all have 
the file ext. of .INC) which you can 
load into your word processor, and 
alter them. 

But beware - although Turbo Pas- 
cal is a very easy program to use - 
unless you have got your source code 
exactly right - you are in for some 
very interesting debugging sessions! 
I have spent plenty of time hunting 
bugs in ROS, and it is not something 
I would recommend! It is generally at 
this point that you start to wonder if 
running a BB is a sane thing to do! 

So therefore I would suggest that 
you try and learn a bit about Pascal 
before doing any major modifications 
to ROS - I am not going to go into 
a discourse on programming in 
Pascal - I don't know enough 
about it to start to tell you 
how to program in it! Hav 
ing said all this you don't 
need to alter the default 
source fdes if you 
dont want to - it's 
not compulsory! 

Please note: If 
you don't have 



a copy of Turbo Pascal or if you don't 
want to be bothered altering the 
source code, then it is possible to get 
a ready compiled version of ROS al 
ready to run, all you need to do is to 
contact a Sysop who is running a ROS 
board and ask him or her if they win 
compile a copy of ROS for you, most 
of them will be happy to do so* 

They will need a few details about 
your BB. For instance what name you 
are going to call your board and what 
modem you are going to use with the 
BB> with this information they will be 
able to send you a copy of ROS all 
ready to run! All you will need to do 
is just alter the Menu and Text files 
etc to suit your BBS. 

The source code for the version of 
ROS that I used on the CPC (v4,5) is 
about 300K long, so you will need to 
have a 3,5 ff 792K B; Drive to be able 
to compile it; as you will also need 
Turbo Pascal and its support files on 
the same disc, which adds about an- 
other I0OK to the total file-size. But 
when it is compiled it comes down to 
132K of files, these consist of the fol- 
lowing: ROS.COM 44K, ROS.000 2K, 
ROS.001 2K, ROS.002 2K, ROS.Q03 
2K, ROS,004 16K, ROS.005 62K P 
ROS.0G6 2K These are the main files 
that you need to run the BBS. 

Now apart from the COM files 
mentioned above, you will also need 
a lot of other files, which will contain 
amongst others your BBS Menu files; 
Text files that tell your users about 
various things. Here is a list of them 
along with a short description of their 
function. 

ARXECLEATXT - ARTTCLEZ.TXT 
TTiese are the Article fiJes (also known 
as Bulletins) and are just normal text 

files, you would use 
these for dis- 
playing any 
^ textthat 
you 
wanted 
you r 




across 



Read on as Tony Walker gives 
you the complete CPC 
lowdown on BB operation. 

Paga62 




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users to see - for instance: infbrma* 
tion about the BB etc 

BULU2Q0/nCT & BCLL3Q0.TXT 
These are the Bulletin (Article) menus 
which go with the AETICLEA - 
ATRICLEZ files - as you can see there 
are two versions for 300 baud callers 
and 12/75 and above callers, The 
reason for this is because when you 
logon at 300BPS (Bits Per Second) 
long menus scroll past V, R R Y. 
slowly! And so the XXXX300-TXT files 
only have short menus, and the 
XXXX1200.TXT files have the normal 
full menus. 

FILE1200.T1CT & FILE300.TXT 
These are the FUe area menus - again 
there are two versions. 

FILEHELP.T5iT This is the online 
Help file for the Files menu. 

INFOOhTXT - INF09.TXT These 
are INFOrmation files. In each of the 
menus (Main, Message and File) 
there are numerical commands {0,1,2 
Main - 3,4,5 Message - 6,7,8,9 File), 
you can set these commands to dis- 
play any text file you wish, the only 
restriction being that the files have to 
be called 1NFOO.TXT to INF09.TXT, 
and that they have to be pure Astii 
text ie, no control codes etc, 

LOG.ROS This is the I^ogfile that 
ROS writes for the Sysop t it contains 
information about what every caller 
has done on the boanl and it can make 
for very interesting reading! 

LOGF1200JXT & LOGF300.TXT 
These are the LOGOFF Screens for 
the BB T as before there are two ver- 
sions for different baud rates* 

WGN1200.TXT & LOGN300/DCT 
These are the LOGON Screens for 
the BB. These screens should tell the 
caller all the things that he/she needs 
to know about the settings they re- 
quire to be able to logon okay. So 
therefore you should state the maxi- 
mum and minimum baud rates and 
protocol that your modem supports 
along with the times that the BB is 
online. You can of course put a lot 
more information in - but if you make 
it too big, you will find that users get 
annoyed! 

MMN1200.TXT & MAINSOOTXT 
These are the MAIN Menu Screens 
for the BBS P this is the first menu 
screen that users see and is the gate- 
way to the rest of the BB. Below is an 
example of my MMN1200.I7CT file. 



You can of course set up your 
menus in any way you want - but they 
must contain all of the above com- 
mands in the above example menu. 
They can be changed - but you would 
have to do it before ROS is compiled. 

MAINHELF.TXT This is the online 
Heip file for the Main Menu (Called 
by the *# ? command). 

MEDT120aiXT & MEDT300.TXT 
These are the MESSAGE EDITING 
menus and are displayed after you 
have entered a message to someone. 
They contain the commands that you 
can use in the Message editor, 

MESS12Q0/TXT & MESS300.TXT 
These are the MESSAGE menus. 
They contain all the commands that 
you need to Read and Enter messages, 

MESSHELF.TXT The online Help 
file for the Message menu. 

MESSAGE.ROS This is the File that 
contains all the Messages on the BB, 
it is a Random Access Binary file, so 
you can't just load it into your word 
processor and edit it! It is a good idea 
not to let this file get too large, {use 
the PURGE Command from the Sysop 
menu) because if you do f you wit! find 
yourself running out of disc space and 
when that happens - ROS will stop 
working! This usually happens in the 
middle of the night - when you are 
not there to take care of it! 

NEWIN.ROS This is a list of Files 
that have been uploaded to the BB, 
but which have not been moved to 
the correct file area by you, 

NEWUSERTXT This is a Text file 
that is displayed to Hew Users to the 
system, this file should contain a pot- 
ted history of the BB! Along with 
some information about the Software/ 
Hardware that the BB runs on. 

OTHERSTS.TXT This is a list of 
other BB Systems for users to call - 
of course none of the other boards 
on the list are as good as YOUR BB! 

ROaDEF This file contains all the 
information that the BB requires for 
its start-up procedure, it also contains 
stuff like who was the last caller etc. 

SECTIONitOS This is one of the 
most important files in (he whole ROS 
set up! This file contains all the Data 
that ROS needs to setup the BB t 
among the stuff in it are your File and 
Message areas, the access levels you 
want them to have and where on your 
system they are to be situated, 



MAIN MENU 

(!) Yell for Sysop! 
(F) Filing Menu 
(U) Utility Menu 
(I) Info-New-Users 
(0) All about ROS 



(#) Detailed Help (?) Display this Menu 

(G) Goodbye/Logoff (M) Message Menu 

(A) Article Menu (B) Bulletin 

(1) SoapBox (3) Lo wer Phone Bills! 



STATS, ROS This file contains m~ 
formation about the BB setup. This 
file like MESSAGE.ROS is a Binary 
file and so can*t be edited in a word 
processor like niost of the files in ROS. 

SUMMARY, ROS This is the sum- 
mary of all the Messages on the BB 
- it contains details of users last read 
pointer a etc. This file along with 
MESSAGEROS can be quite large in 
size and therefore they should both 
be purged every day to get rid of 
deleted messages, 

SYSBUL12JXF & SYSBUL3.TXF 
These are Text files containing any 
News or Gossip that you want your 
users to see, the files are displayed 
after the LOGN1200/TJCT & 
LOGN300.TXT files, so the user can f t 
miss seeing them! 

SYSMGSJtOS This contains text 
that is used at logon, if the users name 
can't be found by the CPC from the 
USERDAXROS file. 

SYSP1200 & SYSP30imX These 
are the Sysop Menus, this is where 
all the power is! Here you can be God! 
You can edit users, delete users, turn 
them into frogs and do various other 
things with them! 

UEDRT1200.TXT & UEDT300.TXT 
This b where your users can alter all 
the defaults that the BB gave them 
when they first logged on* They can 
change to the Expert menu where 
only a very short menu is displayed, 
they can also change their password, 
telephone number and address details 
etc. 

USERDAT.ROS This file contains 
all the information that the BB needs 
to identify users at logon, it also 
contains their names and addresses, 

USERIDX.ROS This is the userlist 
of ihe BB. fins file along with 
USERDAT.ROS is checked at logon 
against the details that the user enters 
at the logon prompt. 

UTIL1200.TXT & UTIL 300.TXT 
These are the Utility Menus, here a 
user can find out various bits of infor- 
mation about the BB, like the current 
time and date and the version of ROS 
in use, they can also get a list of all 
the users on the BB etc. 

l/riLHELRlXr This is the online 
Help for die Utility menu. 

The above text covers a lot of 
running details of ROS, if you would 
like more information about running 
a Bulletin Board on your CFC, please 
feel free to call my BBS - PRESTON 
ROS - on 0772 652212 - 24 Hours. 

There is also a newer version of 
ROS just about to be released. I hope 
to be able to bring you more details 
about this in a later issue. 

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Amstrad User February 1392 



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AMSTHA.D C PCS 12Bwi:h colour monitor, loads 
gF hardware and software. Worlh over E1 700. 
Will split Phone 0324 25*606 for free price list, 
CHEAP Amsfrad Dame* Far Bale on lape. 
Games l*.e Robcrap and Last Nlnja 2. For a full 
list, send a SAE to Chac Hau Lam, 7 Maple 
Grove, Newark, Nolrs 4NS. 
FOR SALE AGU magazines from February 
1*EB En November 1691. Only Auftusl 1990 
missing Any reasonable offers accepted. Write 
to Stephen Mud-dull. 3 BfitfhiU Road, 
EasSbourns-, East Sussex BN2£ 7JH- 
CPCS126 colour monitor, joystick and games 
including Robocop, TuMle*. Castle Masler. 
Slunftt&r Racer. Shadow Dancer and kite more. 
Tape lead, an studio, mouse, sight pnaser 
£269, Ring James on C303 746253, 
81 23 Educational Study Aids- lor GCSL and A 
Level English - Hamlel and Maoneihr discs 
£7.50 each. Telephone Ofl9£ 543360. 
FOR SALE Prated word processor on tape. Ail 
in its original packing and with Ortpjnal manual 
Price £15, Including PfcP. If interested, write or 
pnpne.. Mr M. Manning, 9 S1*arloififi Slreel 
Earlsfletd, Wandsworth, London SWi£ 4HH 
061 947 0531. 

FOR SALE Amslrad CPC464 colour monitor. 
Joystick, over 100 games Je, Shadow Warrior*, 
TuTtroOijtrunainrJKick-CMf II. Magazines, £l&0 
two. Phone 021 423 3&7i and ask lor Mailt, 
PAGEMAKER DhIukh DTPl&r612SL*64+64k 
fleviewad AA73 pg 22/23 - "Cheap bul ihh 
nasi/ 1 , verdict 95%. Amazing ^alue for only £5 
Inclusive. SSAE lo* details to CPC Domain, 
1 19 Laurel Drivy Eajsi Kilbride, Glasgow G75 

AMSTRAD'Sindair computef chips. RAMt, 
ROMs, ULAs etc. Also V30 CPUs, All brand 
new Los1 interest in hobby. Phone 1or Full lis-l 
Irpm Graham Bburrte art 0793 824B91. 
AMX ART mouse, mouse ma!, multi-face II, 13 
games on disc including Eaiman. Bloadw^eh-, 
Sterajlider. IS games on tape. Over W mags. 
Wofin £300+, will sell Ci50- Phone 0745 
5930 1S, 

ACU All issues from Jan t98? to December 
1990- Offers? New and _nused JY3 Efi. MP2 
£20. MP3- £25 plus P&P. Telephone Storrinotan 
(0903)746744. 

CPCG128 with colour monilof. JoysticK, 
DMP£000 printer, games and word processing 
software. Exoallent workmg COrtdifton, £300. 
Telephone Q27G7t 124. 
SIREN 3,5" diso drive (or CPC612B, plus 
Ramdos and 3.5" u:ili1ies disc. Cost £l3Q, will 
selt (of £70 pius postage. Telephone 0c294 
79229. (Also various soltwajfu-, Supencalc 
TasS+gn, Mini-Office £, MFU.) 
CPC *B4 Colour +MP3, lighr gun, Chee^n 
125, joystick and lots o J games, including 
Op.Woll. Hard Drlvln', Double Dragon and 
more Ideal X- Was present worth £550. Will sell 
For £250. flinfl 9443 813961 after 4pm. 
FOR SALE Over 70 Amslrad computer aames, 
mint condition cassette based. For list send 
SAE to Steven Fa*terson r 13 Cedar -Street, 
Dunbar. Easl Lothian, Scotland EH42 1 PX. 
AMSTRAD BUSINESS discs :Gfrrwal Ledger 
61 28 lor book keeping. C2C as new. Page 
Publisher Extra £20. Phone 031 B03 3414. 
A FilSTR A □ 0PC464 with g'een screen mpmlor. 
Qver 150 games, mouse, speech sv'riChesiSer 
andinghlpen. Worth over £500. Only £299 ono. 
Phone 0352 741 14S after 6pm. 
FOR SALE Wultiface 2 El». MP2 Modulator 
£20. DKTrqmcs. lightpefi £10. Pnone 093? 
242B42 evenings ansaphone. 
AM3TF3AD Colour monitor £75. TV Receiver 
E40. Modular £15, Lig ntGun * $ games £20. 
Licjhtpen £" C. MultiFacu 2 E25. 46* keyboard 
not working £M ono. Telephone 081 879t . 



Wants/Swaps 

HAS ANYONE got Slop Press and AMX mouse 
on disc to sell for £20. flomroorom box, KDS a- 



tn1 printer port and a de-cable drive swiScher for 
£1 Q each. Phone rjarren on 03432 BC4730al1er 
F3pm. 

DOES ANYONE have a copy ol G AC 1o$ell or 
swap. Must be on tape. Contact Nell Padgett, 
46 Oak Drive- Norfnway, Tewkoabury, GJoa 
GL20eOW. 

WANTED Pools Master proa: with manual for 
GPC464. Contact A Sheldon. 6 Kirk-stead 
Gardens. Nottingham NG75EJ. fQ&D27fiQ202). 
WANTED Cotaur monitor forCPC61 23. Phone 
Gerald Leiceelef 0533 G73492. 
WILL SWAP either Golcen Axe, Vendetta or 
Dick Traoey forefther Sh ariow Dancer, Shadow 
Warriors or Dragon Nmja. Send with SSAE to 
D. Barry, 2 Linden Avsnue, Weflington, Telford, 
StiropshireTFI 1QR. 

EXCHANGE gemes and utllllles. Would like 
GoH and Flight simulators. Write for more nFo 
eq Mr S . Jackson, 1 56 West Street, Dunstable, 
BeoTsLJ6 INK, 

WILL SWAP Operation Thundeftiofl (disc) for 
P-47 Thunderbolt or FRorjgcon. Dflscs only 
pleass . Please conlacl Gerry Gavin , Judefiham, 
Mullingar, County We&lmeath, Ireland. 
WANTED oiol computer hard ware, any 
condition. Monitors, keyboards, printers-, 
joysticks, discs, modems, leads. Small price 
considered. PaP p^jri, Send details ic- Mr D, 
Littlewood, 33 Clay Flat! Lane, RosSlngton, 
Ooncasler, S. Ywks DN1 1 0AZ. 
WANTED CPC6 1 SB computer witnout moniror 
or any haroTware 1or CPC4S4+. Anjrthinnj 
considered - Will pay P&P loi anyfJiing bought. 
Conlad David Smy^e, 14 Loughgall hardens, 
MonKslown, Newtownabbay, County ArUrirTi, 
N. Ireland witn pnce. 

WANTED interiaee. Also fi1£3 

memory expansion id maJke 256K Dust covers 
lor 61 23. Contact Scot! Vkkmy on 0£53.e^&e96 
afvter 4pm. If possible modem needed Jor 
R3232C interlace. 



DIZZY SOLUTIONS tor CNziys 1 , 2, 3 and 4, 
including maps. £1 each or £3.5C- 1or ai Four. 
Sand an SAE to lain Rtevlll, 43 Paddoch. Close, 
Calvertoii, Notts NGi* 6EJ. 
CHEAP ADS ? penpais, swaps, 1or sales, 
lanzinet etc send two second tflass stamps for 
detaiteloD- L. O'Glesby, 5^ Springfield Street, 
New Basloid. Nottinariam NG7 7DU. 
HELP GIVEN on Dizzy's 14, Fast Food, Kwik 
Snaa and Panic. 5Dp each. Wnite to M . FacjOne, 
29 Elizabeth Avenue,. Milton ot Campsie, 
Glasgow G65 flKT Tor lull list or send money it 
help wanied. 

I WILL CREATE a quality loading screen For 
any game you have wrftien. Tape only. -Send 
75p, SAE, Game on tape and blank tape to Joe 
Walters. 8 Chater Road. Oakham, Leics LEI 5 
£RY. 

PROGRAM to list 5404 multiface pokes. Cnoice 
of output to screen or printer. Send blank disc, 
£1 end SSAE to Stephen Muadeil, 3 Bexhlll 
Road, Eastbourne, Suase* Bm2 7JH, 
H ELP OFFE R ED on a I aspects Ol HAS IC and 
assembry language programming. Don'l forget 
Id s&nd an SSAE, Sean McManus, 226 
Cnensey Rise, Stevenage, Herta SQ2 
CONVERT yOu\ 4E4 to 6126. K&ep 464 
equipment and buy prooiama. Both wilt 
work. Microchip conversion carried out. All you 
need is disc drive. Example Strjp Press DTP on 
464. Contort fl. J. Amison , 5€ Drubberv Lane, 
Burton, Stc** on Trenfl ST3-4BH. 0?E£ 31 854iS, 
I HAVE STARTED A BUSINESS \v OHCL-le 

who r&quire tailor made programs rot ad CPCs. 
Also, does anyone have a Firmware Guide lor 
tne 4G4 io lend? Contact Mr Ktannrng, 9 
S-eerfanh Street, Wandsworth. London SW18 
4HH. 

WOW SOFTWARE is a company selling new 
and re-released adventure games tor ibe CPC 
Senn BAE for ire latest Its! fo 78 Radipole 
Lane, Way mouth, Dorset OT4 SRS. 
AMSTHAD COMPUTER PARTS available 10f 
the entire range. Plus many computer 
accessories available. Just call me or write to 
4. Hayward, 53 Eny Roud. C^:Ji1' 0F5 ?JF. 
0222 5S4369. 

FREE lor CPC range. A helpline to solve your 
CPCoroolems Softwa,re- hardware and games 
covered. Wrisa enclosing SAE to Chns Williams. 
6 Frank SlreeL Great Hofton, Brad lord BD7 
3BT. 

KEYPRESS cheats for over 50 «gamea r 50p 
each or E3 iho loi. Also a! lormal cheai book 
£3. Sand SSAE la Rhys Evans, £9 VanJie 
Road. Clydach, Swansea, Wales SAG 5LU. 
GAMES DISC insm strategy 1c- shcot-em-ups. 
GreatgraphicsandplayafjiJiiyinMCDde. £2.50 



if you supply disc or Kevin Hey wood , 1 3 
Sinclair Avenue. Bsnbury. Qxpn OXl & 7DW. 



Fanzines 

NEW FANZtNE far the Amslrad and C-64 tape. 
We will review PD so please send any PD and 
oiher software For review :c R. Stedman. 8 
WuHruna Gardens, Flncnfield, Wolverhampion 
WVS 5HZ. 

CROCO+ The European fanzine tor the 
Amslrad S12B is herd! 72Cfc or h-inis, tips, 
reviews, pokes and interviews. Please send a 
3" dt&c, E1 and /SSAE to Song Vow Ly^ & 
Wooderson Close, South Norwood, London 
SE25 6JP. 

LFACC PHINT-OUT P ohea1s, Beginners pagee. 
competitions, PD, M^&aslo r adverts, picture 
pages, gossip, reviews etc. Only 7-Op. Add20p 
if overseas. Ales Banks, Tickeywood. 
Crapstone, Yelverton, Devon P120 7PW. Tel: 

ADVENTURERS HERALD Ourt now, witli 
news, reviews and just about anything io do 
will adveniure Only SOp irom PO Box 52E. 
Tweedaie TeMord, Shrgpsjhire. Anv budding 
reviewer please get In louch 
CPC FANZINE called Play Mates. Full of 
reviews, tips, pokes and Bonze news. With 
P&P just £1. CbjI Surrey, 37 FairiralrJ Way, 
Barnet, Herts ENS 260 
A OK Fanzine. Includes ^eaiu res. reviews, type- 
ins, small projects ar d more. Surd 6Cj (indudes 
P&P) to Paul Escott, 31 Colebrooke Road. 
Shirley, SolhhuU, West Midlands BSD 2LB. 
CPC DOMAIN Tne only monthly magazine for 
serious CPG users. Or y E1.Z5 ever 4-Drn 
packed pages , &csf ™mh subscription lof £7.50. 
CPG-Doitiain, 11 9 Laurel Drive. East Kilbmde, 
Glasgow G75 90G. 



Penpals 



DOES ANYBODY who &ves in 1he K rktaldy, 
Frfe areawant to come along to my house in the 
Gleoe Part'BaulsiJsney Road area to share 
programs and games?Contact Ross Anderson, 
" 2 rviana Slreel. Kirkcaldy. File, Scotland. 
CPC PENPALS wanted to swap games on 
cassette only lor Ihe 464. Also demo lapes, SO 
send your lisls to Ivlafthew Glover, i£ Game*, 
Street. Afrastan, Derby DE2 3PT. 
PENPALS WANTED to swap games and 
demos on disc Any age, any country. Help 
given on new and old games. Wrile-fo Richard 
Wlldey, 41 Enmore Gardens. London SW14 
8AF. 



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cohering Little woods block perms.....£34.ij5 

RACING TOOL KIT Racing Bo » form plus 4 further programs whicn enable you to 
keep your Own records or produce- and amend form and time rHling*.....£34.S5 
FREE WITH EVERY ORDER A program to work Out almoal any Set. 



Please make Ch ec u us Or Postal orders payable tc BOXOFT 



SPECTPUW^ 



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TOTAL MOUSE/ 
PHIC3 PACKAGE 

FOR YOUR 
AMSTRAD 
AT A TRULY 
UNBEATABLE 
\ PRICE!! 




ADVANCED ART STUDIO 



• Ganius Mouse is a high resolution two button mouse featuring optic si counting, teflon guides, 
micro switches, rubber coated ball and high quality Interlace. 

4 When combined with OOP Advanced Art Studio this graphics package is quite simply the best 
system available. The features are unmatched... 

• Create an image ■ shrink it, expand it. move it, rotate it, copy JL colour it etc. , £tc. 

• Spray patterns or shades, make elastic lines - stretch and manipulate shapes. 

• Zoom in to add detail in fine mode. • Ful] «ut and paKte facilities plus exceliem printer support. 

• Pulldown/Icon driven menus for ease of use. # Mouse operation, plus joystick Bind keyboard control, 

• 16 pens, 8 sprays, 16 brushes ■ so flexible anyone can create superb graphics easily. 



COMPLETE WITH MOUSE INTERFACE 



• The Genius Mouse Graphics 
System corner complete with the 
^>ecial Mouse Interface to allow 
super smooth control. 

• Attractively styled to match 
your 464 or 612£ design and 
colour. Simply plugs into 
Expansion /Joystick port. 




ONLY 

TOTAL PACKAGE 
INCLUDES GENIUS MOUSE, 
INTERFACE, OCP ADVANCED ART 
STUDIO PLUS FREE MOUSE MAT 
AND HOLDER 




FREE! 

MOUSE MAT AND 
MOUSE HOLDER 

(WORTH €12.99) 
WITH EACH PACKAGE 




LC 20 




LOUR PRINTER PACKAGE 




HOW YOU CAN PRINT OUT YOUR PICTURES IN FULL COLOUR! 

• The Star LC2QO Colour Printer not only prints in Nfear LcLter Quality for your regular Jobs but also 
prints out your pictures from Art Studio, etc., in genuine colour! 

• LC200 is a full Centronics printer so il works with other computers (Amiga. ST. etc,), 

• Made possible by Datel's unique colour printer driver * now you can have a hardcopy In up to 16 
colours!! ft No more to buy - just plug in and print ?1 

PACKAGE INCLUDES... STAR LC2QO COLOUR PRINTER RRP £233 .00 

CENTRONICS PRINTER LEAD RRP 
DATEL COLOUR PRINTER DRIVER SOFTWARE RHP Ef 9.3ft 

NORMALLY £327.98 

COMPLETE PACKAGE NOW ONLY £239.00 

COLOUR PRINTER DRIVER AVAILABLE SEPARATELY ONLY £1 9.99 

• Tf you already have an LC 10 or LC 200 Colour Printer we can supply the Driver separately r 

HOW TO G ET YOUR OIW EH FAST! 

TELEPHONE [24HrsJ l ii V*LL'rFT} CREDIT CARD ORDERS 





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ORDERS NORMALLY DISPATCHED WITHIN 48 Hrs. ALL CHEQUES POSTAL ORDERS MADE PA VAS"LE TO . ■ 

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GOV AN ROAD, FEMTON INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, FENTON, STOKE-ON-TRENT, ST4 2RS, ENGLAND. 

FAX 0782 744292 TECHNICAL/CUSTOMER SERVICE 0782 744324 

AMS MSE 3 



Amstrad 
Repairs 



If something is wrong with your 
Amstrad C PC or PCW, who better to 
turn to than the National Repair Centre. 

For all repairs to your computer, one low 
payment covers diagnosis, repair 
(including parte and labour) and delivery 
back to you. 

And, as a special bonus, you can receive 
a free piece of software if you contact us 
before 2nd February 1 992. 

The experience and expertise of our 
technicians ensures that your computer 
is repaired to the highest standard at the 
lowest cost. And each repair will be 
carried out within 12 working days! 



To schedule a repair and claim your free 
software, simply call Michelle or Audrey 
on 0733 391234. 

Please be ready to give your name, 
address, computer type, serial number 
and the type of fault. 



The costs are: 



£57.45 
£57.45 
£85.00 
£86.00 
£115. 




CPC464- 
CK6128- 
PCW8256 - 
PCW8512- 
PCW9512- 



All prices are inclusive of VAT, and 
payment can be made by cheque, postal 
order or credit card. 

And remember, if you call before 

2nd February 1 992 r you can claim a 
FREE piece or software. 



The National 
Repair Centre 

0733 391234 

FMG House 
Newcombe Way, Orton Southgate 
Peterborough PE2 05F 





ONE PRICE 

COVERS 
ALL R